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Evan Williams’s Stuck Moment as a Reluctant Adapter

| October 18, 2011
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His stuck moment: After selling the Blogger application to Google, Williams started Odeo, a podcast syndication service. But then Apple added podcasts to its iTunes store, changing the competitive landscape.

He gut-checks his belief: Williams knew that Odeo’s future looked bleak, so he shifted focus by co-founding Obvious Corp. with Biz Stone and selling Odeo. 

Unstuck result: One of Obvious Corp.’s projects, Twitter, became a widespread digital communication tool, affecting everything from the smallest scale human drama to world-altering events. 

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Randy Pausch’s Stuck Moment as a Reluctant Adapter

| October 18, 2011
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His stuck moment: Pausch was at the height of his teaching career at Carnegie Mellon University when he received a terminal cancer diagnosis, with three to six months of good health left. 

He gut-checks his belief: To deal with this life-altering news, he called upon what he did best: teach. Pausch conducted a “Last Lecture” about achieving your childhood dreams. 

Unstuck result: Just before his death, a book based on his speech became a New York Times bestseller. 

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Muhammad Ali’s Stuck Moment as a Reluctant Adapter

| October 18, 2011
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His stuck moment: As a practicing member of the Nation of Islam, Ali was against the war in Vietnam when he received a draft notice in 1967. Refusal to serve meant a five-year prison sentence, $100,000 fine, losing his heavyweight championship title, and suspension from boxing.

He gut-checks his belief: He showed up for his scheduled Army induction but refused to step forward when his name was called. After the fourth unanswered call, he was arrested.

Unstuck result: Four years after his arrest and conviction, the Supreme Court reversed the ruling. In 1974, he regained his title by defeating reigning champion George Foreman.

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