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What you can learn from Netflix’s biggest mistake

Imagine a courtroom. There’s a prosecutor, a jury, and a judge. The prosecutor uses convincing evidence and polished arguments to show beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime has been committed. The defendant has no lawyer. He’s not even allowed to present arguments. He sits silently as the prosecution paints …

The key to your next breakthrough idea

Drew Dernavich is one of the best cartoonists of all time. In 2006, he was selected the country’s top magazine cartoonist and awarded the National Cartoonists Society award. Back in the day, before cartoonists started making digital sketches, Dernavich was drawing cartoons the old-fashioned way—with a sharpie and paper. A …

It’s a slip, not a fall

It was another crushing failure. He had just lost his bid for the U.S. Senate by a narrow margin. He was a village lawyer who had grown up in deep poverty, borrowing law books from friends to educate himself. He wanted to serve his country through politics but had achieved …

How to thrive in a world of constant change

Imagine eating the same thing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. That’s what half the Irish population did in the early 1800s. The poor ate almost exclusively potatoes, with the potato consumption of a typical farm worker exceeding a whopping 6 pounds a day. The lack of diversity extended …

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