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	Great phrase from <a href="https://money.cnn.com/2008/05/12/pf/soros_interview.moneymag/">this interview with rags-to-riches investor George Soros</a>:
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	CNN: “Have your billions made you happy?”
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	Soros:
	“I’m reasonably happy, but the money’s not the point.
	It’s an indication that I’ve succeeded in <strong>the grand adventure of understanding reality</strong>.”
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	I love the way he puts that.
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	For him it’s investing.
	For others it’s songwriting.
	For me it’s creating businesses that help musicians.
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	It all feels like a grand pursuit to understand the world, doesn’t it?
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	Songwriting feels like a grand pursuit of expressing the sounds and thoughts in your head within music’s restrictions.
	Understanding the secret combination that makes the difference between an average song and an unforgettable classic.
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	Programming feels like a grand pursuit of using a limited language to make the clearest, foolproof, flexible, and efficient execution of a task.
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	Entrepreneurship (“businessing”?) feels like a grand pursuit of helping other people achieve their goals.
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	What’s your grand pursuit?
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