Start A Good Fire

Sometimes the customer isn’t right because they don’t know any better. They need someone to lead the way with something new. They need a firestarter.

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I bought my first album from The Prodigy a few weeks ago, it was kind of an impulse buy and I hadn’t heard much of them, but I’ve been more than pleased with my purchase so far. The album is called Their Law; it’s basically a greatest hits album. Their music really gets the juices pumping and is great driving music, especially for racing video games.

While The Prodigy’s songs don’t have many lyrics, the words of “Firestarter” caught my ear.

I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter
I’m the self-inflicted, mine detonator
I’m the one infected, twisted animator.

I’m not saying that you should go burn your neighbor’s house down—that wouldn’t help anyone. I refer to a “firestarter” as someone who takes chances, does something risky, stands out above the crowd. They do it themselves — “self-inflicted” — and spreads it to others — “mine detonator, twisted animator.”

I’m the trouble starter, punkin’ instigator.
I’m the fear addicted and danger illustrated.

A quote from Henry Ford in Simon Sinek’s book Start With Why also caught my eye: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” I’m probably the first to call Ford a “punkin’ instigator,” but even he probably had his moments of fear and doubt. He was rebelling against society, in a productive manor, but he was bucking the trend nonetheless.

You’re the firestarter, twisted firestarter.

Sometimes the customer isn’t right because they don’t know any better. They need someone to lead the way with something new; someone like the people in Sinek’s book, like Ford, like The Prodigy. They need a firestarter.

Be a firestarter.

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