“The specific lesson I had been teaching—an edict I had learned from reading the writings of Ayn Rand and further developed with my intellectual mentor, Dr. Nathaniel Branden—was that contradictions in your philosophical premises lead to destruction—and the amount of destruction is relative to the level of the contradiction. This is especially applicable to entrepreneurs but applies to everyone. The way to overcome the pain and limitation contradictions cause is to identify those contradictions and resolve them.”
Perfect timing for what I’m doing. Wrestling with a little self doubt about being as real and authentic as I can possibly be so my work stands on its own as original creative work. Appreciate the recommendation!
I think we should also consider how many brands have alienated vast chunks of their customer base by linking their product with their politics.
Is that a risk worth taking in order to be 'authentic'?
And is that what it even means to be authentic?
Is it compromise or cowardice to simply make a great 'whatever' and keep your opinions to yourself?
I suspect those answers are as individualistic as the people pondering them.
I always think of Elvis Presley who, when asked for his thoughts about the Vietnam War, said "I'm a singer, honey. Don't nobody care what I think."
Looks like a really insightful read. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.