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Zentrepreneur: Get Out of the Way and Lead, Create a Culture of Innovation and Fearlessness by John J. Murphy

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1What If?

Imagination is everything.It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

—Albert Einstein

In 1988, I got fired. The new owners of the company I was working for decided they no longer needed me after an acquisition in 1986. It was a mutual agreement. I had essentially eliminated my job. It was time to move on. The timing wasn’t all that great. I had very little savings, and my wife was pregnant with our second child. I remember thinking to myself, “What should I do now? What direction do I go in?” Then I had an idea. What if I start a consulting company? What if I transition from my former job as a corporate executive to a small business owner? What would that be like? What value might that add? Why do it? Why not do it? What are the ...

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