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Article: The Clarity Paradox

Here is a fascinating article from the Harvard Business Review that looks at why an individual or a company becomes successful, and conversely can then become a failure.

It can easily be applied to the film industry.
How often I have heard that when a director has clear vision on their project the rest falls into place.
Spend the appropriate time in development to find that clarity before you step ito the abyss of making a film. And its important to stay focussed on your core responsibilities and not take on too much.

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Harvard Business Review Blog Network
The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
by Greg McKeown | 10:00 AM August 8, 2012
Full article here
Why don’t successful people and organizations automatically become very successful? One important explanation is due to what I call “the clarity paradox,” which can be summed up in four predictable phases:

Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success.
Phase 2: When we have success, it leads to more options and opportunities.
Phase 3: When we have increased options and opportunities, it leads to diffused efforts.
Phase 4: Diffused efforts undermine the very clarity that led to our success in the first place.

Curiously, and overstating the point in order to make it, success is a catalyst for failure.

Greg McKeown is the author of the New York Times bestseller Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. He speaks at conferences and companies including Apple, Google and LinkedIn. He is a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum and did his graduate work at Stanford. Connect with him @GregoryMcKeown.