- Mercy Sais
I am a loving (and interfering) mother of a 20-year-old son so I thought I would read What I Wish I Knew When I was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World and pass it on to him. I admit to sending him emails about Erik Erikson’s Stages of Development and what he should be doing as a young adult: intimacy versus isolation (Son, pick the correct side of the equation!) so I thought this book would give him a head’s up.
How do you identify opportunities? She interviews her wallet! What do you like or hate about it? What would you change? Create a new one to solve the problem. Problems to solve are in your back pocket. She encourages us to view the "upside down" circus like the Cirque du Soleil: they challenged the every assumption about what a circus should be—a dying industry—and found an opportunity. She encourages us to push the envelope, find big problems and solve them, break the rules, take on leadership roles, and-- embrace failure. Even Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, got fired from Apple and then started Pixar, before resurfacing as Apple's CEO!