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What’s in a word — BRIEF

I got a message on from a long-lost friend.

Someone I’ve spent hundreds of hours with and have not heard from in years.

Not the type of person I would ever expect to use LinkedIn.

I sent out an excited (perhaps an overly excited) message.

And got back a lukewarm response saying that he would be “willing to have a brief phone call.”

I was disappointed. I was hurt. I was crushed. All in one simple word.

And he, this ungrateful arch-villain who had destroyed my hopes and dreams.

He just was not the man I had thought him to be. He was like a different person.

Quite literally.

He was, in fact, an unrelated person in a different field, working in a different field, having graduated from a different university, and living in on a different continent.

Fortunately, I realized this so that I didn’t say something dumb and merely felt dumb instead.

Perhaps I’ll even look for my long-lost friend.

Perhaps he is hiding in plain sight on LinkedIn.

Written by Russell Brand

Entrepreneur in residence at Founder Institute, he has mentored, performed due diligence on and invested in numerous early stage companies. Hundreds of these early stage companies have described Russell’s insights and advice as the most useful thing in the history of their companies. He has always had an inborn ability to find more valuable uses of new ideas and faster ways to achieve results.


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