The Wild West or the Community Garden

In the Wild West where pioneering, innovating, and creating is about survival what can we learn from the Lone Ranger?

The Lone Ranger is an outsider.
The Lone Ranger is suspicious of the status quo.
The Lone Ranger avoids collaboration.
The Lone Ranger finds his own way.

This approach to the world could be the best approach if the world is mainly corrupt and largely full of powerful people who are actively against you and what you stand for. Adopting the “me against the world” mindset works, but is rarely sustainable. In the end, this uncompromising tragic hero dies a glorious and righteous death.

In stark contrast to the Lone Ranger, I came across the following quote from Randy Kosimar of Kleiner Perkins from the book Give and Take.

“It’s easier to win if everybody wants you to win. If you don’t make enemies out there, it’s easier to succeed.”

Kosimar sees the world quite differently than the Lone Ranger. It’s a place where people are mainly supportive unless you don’t play nice with others. Perhaps Kosimar is suggesting that Silicon Valley works more like a community garden than the wild west.

It’s best if we trust each other.
There is room for everyone.
We are interdependent members of this marketplace.
There are enough resources for everything good.

This approach to the world could be the best if the world is supportive, abundant, and trust worthy. Adopting the “let’s all win together” mindset works, but is rarely sustainable without fences. In the end, it’s not so much a community garden as it’s a community garden within a gated community.

It’s a real privilege to collaborate in a positive, supportive, and abundant environment…and this especially hits home when you’re not allowed past the gate. I don’t see the Lone Ranger waiting by the gate to be let in. He will find his own way to contribute positively in the world beyond the gate.

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