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To skate where the puck is going

Wayne Gretzky differentiated a great hockey player from a merely good one by the ability to “skate where the puck’s going, not where it’s been”. And that is true of many areas.

When Steve Jobs introduced the first iMac in 1998, the boldest move was not the colorful futuristic casing but rather the lack of a floppy disk drive. Floppy disks had been the premier storage media for a decade and even though the CDR was gaining ground, floppys were still the dominant distribution media for backward compatibility purposes.

I remember that I also reacted strongly when I first heard about the announcement. But in the end, he was right. Steve was, as usual, a bit ahead of his time, but eventually all computers removed the floppy drive.

It takes courage to be the first to step up and go in a different direction than everyone else. Be strong and follow your own convictions.

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