Why Don’t You Go Against the Grain?


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As many of you are aware, I recently had the opportunity to visit and tour the company Sam Walton founded.

I also had the opportunity to sit in one of Sam’s original conference rooms where his 10 rules for success were posted on the wall.

One of my favorite rules for success was his concept of going against the grain.

Too often I think people fall into the trap of listening to conventional wisdom or “practical” advice.

How many times in your life or career have you been dissuaded from following a passion or a quirky idea that others felt was “crazy” or not practical?

I think there have been more opportunities crushed by well intended people saying things like, “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”

In my life experience, I think that type of advice is a load of crap.

Here is my philosophy on how to shift that advice to enable you to go against the grain.

You can, you should, but will you?

Click below for an infographic to remind you on the importance of going against the grain.

You can, you should, I hope you will!


Peter Psichogios
Peter Psichogios is the President of CSI International Performance Group whose mission is to help companies create engaging employee and customer experiences. Prior to joining CSI International Peter served as an executive member of one of the largest Instructional System Association companies in the world. In this capacity, he led all the front-end analysis and worked directly with Dr. Ken Blanchard. Peter has been fortunate to work with the who's who of the Fortune 500, helping them deliver innovative learning, engagement and recognition solutions.



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