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I love it when MNB readers come up with business lessons from unorthodox places … which is exactly what happened this week when I got an email informing me of a piece that ran on ESPN.com by W.P. Kinsella, author of "Shoeless Joe," which was the basis of the film Field of Dreams, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

"Having enjoyed both the book and the movie," this reader wrote, "I found it interesting to get Kinsella's perspective on the movie and its making. He provides a good business lesson as well -- he sold the rights to the book and let it go. Too often we refuse to let go of ... the way we've always done things, our great idea ... only to lose it all because we couldn't let go. Business lesson aside, it's a good book and a good movie and a unique perspective."

He's right - about the book, the movie, and the business lesson.

It's an excellent piece, and you can read it here.
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