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The Zigzag Principle by Rich Christiansen

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INTRODUCTIONDeliberate Detours

Not long ago, I took my 14-year-old son skiing for only his third time. In getting off the lift, we accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up with nowhere to go but down a ridiculously steep, black diamond run. As we stood at the top of this cliff, this inexperienced skier looked down in sheer horror and exclaimed: “I am going to die!”

In an attempt to calm his understandable fears, I explained that he didn’t need to head straight down the mountainside, that even an expert skier would survey the drop we stood at the top of and decide to zigzag down the steep slope. I instructed him not to look at the bottom of ...

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