We were taught at an early age to conform. Those who conformed did better. Those who followed the rank and file got the jobs. Our schools created normal. If only one student looked up “normal” in the dictionary. It means “ordinary.” That’s what schools teach us to aspire to, and the majority of us bought it. Look at the people who get fired during a company purge. They’re not chosen because they’re useless (those people remain). They’re chosen because the company feels they don’t fit the mandate. Companies are doing lousy today (and I mean really lousy). The main reason? They got rid of their thinkers. That comes from the top. The fact that we’re still in a recession proves it’s a ridiculous and damaging strategy.

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I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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