The Things You Get Fired For...

I scribbled down this quote from the great Francis Ford Coppola while listening to him in a segment of the Harvard Business Review's Ideacast.  It is one of my favorite sentiments and something I have to remind myself of every now and then.

"The things you get fired for when you're young are the exact same things you win lifetime achievement awards for when you're old.  Which is to say the things that run against the grain, that are not common, are not logical, that don't fit in to the standard approach… if you do survive and get that across--remember that the things that get you in trouble are the same things that are later remembered as being exceptional."   

-Francis Ford Coppola