One of my top tips for aspiring entrepreneurs: Tell everyone you know about your idea. This runs contrary to the instinct that most people have, because they're afraid someone is going to 'steal my ideal.' Ideas alone are worth very little; it's in the execution and market feedback that companies are made.
Somehow the government has convinced the American people that using tear gas is perfectly harmless, despite stark evidence to the contrary.
Acting in different languages doesn't stop you from growing; on the contrary, for an artiste, it helps a lot.
The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not. The work is a private matter for the artist. The house is not.
In 'Aarathu Sinam', I play a wife and mother. It's a very homely character, quite contrary to what I've done so far.
I think, for the English accent, we don't say our Rs, contrary to a standard American accent.
You need to be naive enough to do things differently. No big publishing house would have allowed us to co-create a fully designed, four color business book in landscape format - because it was contrary to the publishing industry logic. However, we thought of Business Model Generation as a product, not just a book - similar to Apple products.
So far as I am concerned, I could not be accused of having set eyes, or having wished to set eyes, upon Darius' wife: on the contrary, I have refused even to listen to those who spoke to me of her beauty.
The only thing that might have annoyed some mathematicians was the presumption of assuming that maybe the axiom of choice could fail, and that we should look into contrary assumptions.
Contrary to popular belief, Henry VIII did not divorce any of his wives. He had sought an annulment from Catherine of Aragon - which he finally awarded to himself after the pope's continued refusal. When it came to Anne's turn, Henry took the easy route by having her found guilty of treason.