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Francis Ford Coppola

Filmmaker, Producer and Screenwriter

Roger said he was going to make a film in Europe and asked me if I knew anyone who could be like the sound man on it. So, I said, "Oh, I could." Of course, I didn't know anything about it. I mean, I was good with technology, but I had never done the sound. So I took the recorder home and read the instructions, and Roger did take me.
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Francis Ford Coppola

Filmmaker, Producer and Screenwriter

In your own time, usually, the stuff that's your best idea or work is going to be attacked the most. Firstly, probably because it's new, or because they'd never seen an opening of a movie like that, or seen a gangster movie done in this style. So you have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas, because otherwise you'll just knuckle under and change it. And then things that might have been memorable will be lost.
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Sheryl Crow

Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter

Sheryl Crow: It was the most terrifying experience because, for one thing, it's difficult to go in and say, "Look, I don't know what I'm doing, but I know what I don't want to be doing." So after much cajoling, A&M -- which doesn't exist anymore -- said, "Okay, we won't put it out," and then for about a year, nothing happened. I really thrashed around about whether I had made the wrong decision, but ultimately it did serve me well, because the record that I had made was just innocuous. It would have been lost in the bins. I kind of feel like I was looked after in some way, in that they didn't put the record out.
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Ray Dalio

Hedge Fund Master

It's the embracing of reality. "What is the reality?" including, "What mistakes?" and "What weaknesses?" so that I can learn from those mistakes, or learn how to deal with those weaknesses, in order to be successful. So yes. That's embedded, those are the ground rules. You know the ground rules. That's how to have an "idea meritocracy." In other words, if you want to have a real idea meritocracy that doesn't have any barriers to it, we'll go wherever truth leads us. That's what we do, and that's very powerful. That's where the success comes from. We've had radical success, and that's where it's come from, because it also allows independent thinking. Right? I need independent thinking, because if you're going make a position in the markets, it can't be with the consensus, and you don't know if you're going to be right or wrong. So you have to test it. It's very powerful, and it's also so silly not to do that, because of these ego barriers. Why wouldn't you have those conversations? It's not logical not to.
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