Successive Approximations

Being on the Inside

One of the advantages of being early in your career is that you're on the outside of things. People talk to you and tell you the truth because you don't have any power.

When you have power, people would tell you what they think you want to hear. Sometimes you'll get someone who will tell you just the right things to try to manipulate you into exercising your power to further their goals. Neither is particularly helpful.

But early on, you don't have to worry about that.

One of the perverse realities of life is that the more success you have, the more authority you get, the more decisions you make, and the less perspective you have.

The closer you get to the center of something, the less you can see the shape of it.

Ben Berry

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