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There's a complication, which is many experts have become very good at what was and rarely challenge their own assumptions... that is until it's too late and the market has passed them by.

I've made a career and a life out of not fitting any mold. In fact, I purposefully keep an open mind on new applications of ideas, anchoring my experience on a core philosophy. On a related thought, often the idea needs development and it needs a new context. So it takes stamina to be willing to go long term to make it happen. Part of that conversation includes facing rejection at worst, being passed over in the short term at best.

I often remind myself that if people are not pushing back too hard, I'm not pushing the envelope enough. It will be a good discussion, regardless of whether it is accepted by the judging panel at SxSW.

Inspiring.

But it seems that most 21stC visionaries are self-declared, right? Most of us possess certain characteristics but only a handful can breathe a vision to its conclusive existence (and beyond).
One of the most repeated questions I hear relates to how 'visionaries' get funded, supported, noticed (in that order, too). Well, isn't that part of how a visionary becomes one - they do what they do and then people notice, support and fund them? How long did it take Dyson? Kroc? Liszt? Arthur (as in, King)?

Oh, and let us remember that visionaries are not limited to the techno-sphere, either (even though I understand that's where this specific discussion wants to be led towards).

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