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Mercenaries vs. Missionaries

“Mercenaries are driven by paranoia; missionaries are driven by passion,” he says. “Mercenaries think opportunistically; missionaries think strategically. Mercenaries go for the sprint; missionaries go for the marathon. Mercenaries focus on their competitors and financial statements; missionaries focus on their customers and value statements. Mercenaries are bosses of wolf packs; missionaries are mentors or coaches of teams. Mercenaries worry about entitlements; missionaries are obsessed with making a contribution. Mercenaries are motivated by the lust for making money; missionaries, while recognizing the importance of money, are fundamentally driven by the desire to make meaning.” — John Doerr

Mercenaries vs. Missionaries: John Doerr Sees Two Kinds of Internet Entrepreneurs – Knowledge@Wharton.

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The New Yorker on Christian Tetzlaff

Once again, the New Yorker exceeds all expectations with its piece on Christian Tetzlaff — and keep in mind I’m very far from being a classical music buff:

[Performing music] is the job that has the most to do with the belief in the existence of a soul. I deal in Berg’s soul, in Brahms’s soul — that’s my job. […] Trying to turn lead into gold is nothing compared to taking something mechanical like an instrument — a string and a bow — and using it to evoke a human soul, preserved through the century. – Christian Tetzlaff

This I think embodies the whole reason for the uncommon attraction some New Yorker pieces exert. I know of no other periodical that so consistently exposes its readers to some of the best writing on fields that are definitely not germane to their daily hopes and preoccupations, while convincingly making the case that these alternate world-views are all part of the same reality anyway.

Link: Christian Tetzlaff Rethinks How a Violin Should Sound : The New Yorker.

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