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Today's Big Idea: Summer School for the Real World

The Big Idea for Monday, July 02, 2012

How do you innovate in a high pressure environment? According to Warren Littlefield, former president of NBC, you start by trusting in your own instincts, and learning how to listen to them even when everybody around you disagrees with you. 

In spite of all the tools now emerging that purport to help us make better, more objective decisions, successful people in many fields have found that common sense often fosters mediocrity and stifles innovation. Breakthrough moments, on the other hand, tend to result from “crazy” ideas that someone believed in deeply enough to fight for.



  1. 1 Seinfeld's Producer: Listen to Your Gut, Then Fight For What it's Telling You.
    Jason Gots Summer School for the Real World
  2. 2 Personality Quiz: What Kind of TV Studio Exec Would You Be?
    Jason Gots Summer School for the Real World
  3. 3 Finance 101: Short Term Goals For Long Term Success
    Ted Gonder Moneythink
  4. 4 Slow Down, You Think Too Fast.
    Jason Gots Think Tank

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