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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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Olivia de Havilland

Legendary Leading Lady

A man presented himself in uniform, a Major, and he introduced himself. He said, "I'm Major Richardson, and I am in charge of the psychiatric ward here. I was in charge at Bellevue, previous to my Army service, in New York City. I have a theory. It's an experiment I would like you to agree to, that if you visited my patients, your visit would do some good. Would you agree?" And I said, "Well, of course, I would." He said, "I have to have the post surgeon, the head of the hospital's, approval first, and I will come back and meet you between wards to let you know if I have received it." Well, he met me between wards, and he said, "I've got the permission. So, at the end of your day -- I've read your orders, I know exactly what time and at what ward you will finish. I will come and get you," or "I'll send for you. You have nothing to worry about. I will have two very sturdy orderlies to protect you." Well, I hadn't worried before then, but I certainly began at that moment to worry. To protect?
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