"The Japanese have invented some truly useful words. One of them is otaku. Otaku describes something that is more than a hobby but a little less than an obsession. Otaku is the overwhelming desire that gets someone to drive across town to try a new ramen-noodle shop that got a great review. Otaku is the desire to find out everything about Lionel's new digital locomotive -- and to tell your fellow hobbyists about it. People read Fast Company because they have an otaku about business. They visit trade shows to stay on the cutting edge -- not just to help their company survive, but because they like that edge. Otaku, it turns out, is at the heart of the Purple Cow phenomenon."
Working Wounded Mailbag:
"The worst advice I've ever been given at work was: "Go ahead and apply for that job over in department X … even though you don't like the person who will be supervising you, you'll be getting paid more!" Unfortunately, I took the advice, got the job, ended up hating it and got stuck for a full miserable year until I could find another job. Lesson learned -- money isn't everything!!!"
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