Friday, May 2, 2014

Like-valued instead of like-minded

We seem to constantly be in the search for like-minded people - to start families together, to make life long friends, to build companies, etc.

I’d argue that what we need is less “like-minded” folk and more “like-valued” folk. What we need are people who share similar values - who approach the world with integrity, with a long term view to make the world better, with a focus on growth and learning - and radically different ways of thinking about it.

We don’t need folks who think like us. I’d say we need to surround ourselves with folks who believe in the same ideals but are ready to push our thinking about how to pursue them.

We move from values (why) -> processes (how) -> ideas (what). Focus on the values, not the ideas.

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