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On extremity

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Boss_05_ExtremityFrom Lose Friends Radio comes this reading ‘On extremity’, narrated as an excerpt from ‘How to Lose Friends and Infuriate Your Boss’. You can read the transcript below, or listen to the original ABC recording by clicking on the green play button: [audio:Boss_Jonar_Nader_05_Extremity.mp3]


We presume that ‘extremists’ are fundamentalists who will stop at nothing and take no prisoners. That would be an inaccurate loading on the meaning of the word. Leaders know that life is far too precious to hover around mediocrity. Mediocrity tolerates inferiority and offers flexibility that soon becomes indecision. Admittedly, extremity in unwholesome pursuits will destroy one’s foundations. For that reason, many people tend to steer clear of extremity for fear of overstepping their mark and demolishing their hard-earned position. A mature person uses ‘discipline’ to guard against self-destructive behaviour. If self-discipline is not protecting you from insalubrious temptations, you will destroy your empire in due course. The warning here is: you cannot join the ranks of the elite until you know how to live the life of an extremist; but you must never engage in powerful forces if you cannot protect yourself from yourself.

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