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I was just listening to the radio in my garage while packaging up Santas and I heard the talker discussing the difference between sheep and goats in the experiments they were conducting on some human subjects regarding skepticism…etc. She said they called the people who were willing to be guided basically anywhere, sheep. Whereas the people who continually questioned things and chose their own way were called goats. Presumably because this mirrors the personalities of the actual animals the groups were named after.

I was thinking how this relates to the entrepreneurial world. Entrepreneurs are goats and all other people are sheep… that is when it comes creating value in exchange for compensation. I don’t mean this in a derogatory fashion. The world needs sheep and the world needs goats. I’m just labelling the two.

Us entrepreneurs are always in search of something that will change our world and we’re willing to move (or climb) mountains in order to implement/start/create/initiate it. Whereas sheep are very happy looking down and following the herder’s directions, content to keep with the herd for fear of being devoured by any stray lion. In essense, they are motivated by the fear of what might happen to them if they strike out on their own. Whereas goats are motivated by what they might find on the other side of the barn. If the lions eat me, all well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I know this is a loose theory, but I think you can follow my line of thinking. Bottom line, be a goat in life, not a sheep, if you want to see something other than the rear end of the person in front of you in life.

Now go make a net profit.

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