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When you don’t know the rules, you break them all. It’s hard to take big risks when you know the history of an industry and what has worked and what didn’t.

Blake Mycoskie, Founder of Toms
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The power of quiet

There’s a homeless man that sits outside on a painter’s bucket every night at Grand Central.  I must have passed by him a 100 times now.  Not once has he begged.  Not once has he put out a sign for help or a even a cup to collect change.  

This guy is different.    

We’ve connected eyes only a few times, never saying a word nor a nod, just an acknowledgement that we both exist. That silence and his consistency to sit in the same location every day is honorable.  His value increases each day I walk by him.  But it’s not about the money.  

There’s always a book next to him.  Maybe he just wants to collect ideas.  Maybe he’s waiting for the day I finally decide to open up and give him a few dollars, proving that his game of reverse psychology worked.  Whatever be his end-goal, his silence and stillness is more powerful than any words or empty hands.  

Introverts always get misunderstood.