“Nothing is more creative… nor destructive… than a brilliant mind with a purpose.”

– Dan Brown, Inferno

Watched the movie today and it was nothing short of spectacular. Haven’t read the book so I was not really expecting anything… goes to show that watching the movie beats reading the book first.

The plot of inferno for me can be summarised into the following equation:
Genius + Billionaire + Creative Eccentric Radicalism = INFERNO.

If there’s one lesson, creative geniuses have in possession a gift that’s capable of changing the world. Add in the millions billions resources to make it happen and it will happen even though others fail to imagine it.

What appeals to me though is the intelligent play of events and the wonderful puzzles. And of course there’s the quotes. Other than the one I’ve already used for the title of this post, here’s two more for brain candy:

“When swimming into a dark tunnel, there arrives a point of no return when you no longer have enough breath to double back. Your choice is to swim forward into the unknown….and pray for an exit.” 

“The human mind has a primitive ego defense mechanism that negates all realities that produce too much stress for the brain to handle. It’s called Denial.”

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Three essential partners in a founding team

A few weeks before my graduation from the MBA, I set up the opportunity to have a quick lunch with my Negotiations professor, another nerd I dearly admired. While we spent most of the time navigating his career choices so that I can be guided with mine, we were also able to stir the discussion to a topic of our mutual interest–Entrepreneurship.

“When it comes to setting up your own company, the right time is when you’ve met these three essential partners for your founding team: a passionate products guy, a persuasive sales person, and a stingy numbers kid.”

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