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Strategy Power Plays: Winning Business Ideas from the World's Greatest Strategic Minds by Karen Mccreadie, Tim Phillips

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26 GETTING BACK ON THE HORSE

‘Any man can do what any other man has done,’ says Smiles, quoting Dr Young, the philosopher, and illustrating it with Young's dogged refusal to accept failure. I'm not sure we can all do what Neil Armstrong has done, but as a maxim in business it holds surprisingly true.

DEFINING IDEA…

My great concern is not whetheryou have failed, but whether youare content with your failure.

~ ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Dr Young first went riding with a well-known horseman who leapt a high fence on their first outing. Presumably he was showing off to the new boy, but if he was then he picked the wrong audience because the good doctor immediately tried to do the same thing. He fell off, unsurprisingly, but Smiles goes on to tell us ...

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