Greatness vs. acceptance

7.5.20

If you want to be accepted, you won’t be great.

By definition, you must be different than others to be above average.


The greatest returns go to those who take the most risk.

Risk-taking is a core tenet of capitalism, but it also holds in creative domains.

Art is a balance between novelty and consensus: too unusual, and nobody has any framework to evaluate it; too banal, and it fails to spark any intrigue.

Challenging paradigms is necessary for transcending them.


Corollary

If taste is always evolving, the hits of the past will eventually be looked down upon.