Visible and invisible advantages

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In the sport of waterpolo, and I assume handball and a few other sports, a left-hander is worth more than a right-hander. Ambidextrous people are worth more than both combined, but the reason a left-hander is worth more is because the angle from which they shoot makes it much easier to score from the right side of the field.

Since right-handers are much more common, if you are left-handed you can still be in the starting-seven if your skills lack less than some right-handers. For a well-balanced team, you would want at least two left-handers, preferably more, because of the evident advantage they provide.

The advantages that are evident are quickly exploited, such as tall basketball players, or long-legged runners, but what about in less visible areas? I've heard that the perfect person to disrupt the tourism industry is someone who is an outsider, young, and crazy, all traits of a minority, yet often we simply search for job-seekers with the ability to simply fit in.

The different perspectives that outsiders give can often be used to our advantage. We should be seeking to create people with a different point of view, which we can do by putting them through life-changing experiences and having them interact with outsiders as much as possible.

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