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One Trick Pony

In the 1800’s small travelling circuses without big headline acts or a menagerie of exotic animals were known as dog and pony shows. The very average acts on the programme were derided as ‘one trick ponies’.

When I was growing up conventional wisdom said that you must strive never to be a ‘one trick pony’. That person who had a single talent, one area of expertise, no other way to stand out.

And yet what was once seen as a disadvantage would today be seen as mastery. You can’t help noticing that the unconventional and unwise, who have just one way of standing out and succeeding, inevitably do.

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