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Get inspired with these nuggets of wisdom

Amid all the interviews and blog posts and videos pumped out online every day, it can be hard to keep up with the best content on innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and leadership. So we rounded up some of the best links for you:

Austin Kleon (creative – Steal Like An Artist), via The Great Discontent

In all creative work, there is a balance between what you want to give the world and what the world needs: if you’re lucky, your work is in the middle. Because of that, I believe that every job has a service element to it. If you want to make creativity your job, you have to think about what your creativity is in service of. Think less about how you can be a genius and more about the scenius. What can you contribute?

Alexis Ohanian (entrepreneur – Reddit, Hipmunk), via 99U

Sucking is the first step to being sorta good at something. Let go of the fact that you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s okay, because you’re going to have to hack it all along the way …

…If you’re a founder working on a particular niche, I don’t care what it is, whatever you’re building, you probably know more about that industry and that space than 99 percent of people just by virtue that you’ve been paying so much attention to it. 

Ben Horowitz (VC, Andreessen Horowitz), via Inc 

There are the decisions that you think are a good idea and everybody else agrees. Those are easy. Then there are decisions that you think are a good idea and most people think are a bad idea. If you go with the crowd and get it wrong, then everyone will forgive you because none of them saw it coming. But if you do what you think is right and you’re wrong, then everyone is going to know you are an idiot. So it’s hard to make the decisions that nobody else likes. When Larry Page decided to focus on artificial intelligence, people thought it was the craziest thing in the world, but it ended up creating the technology for an $8 billion business.That’s the harsh reality of the job. You have to do what you think is right. If you don’t, you are not a leader.

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