If you have an idea you're passionate about, but it still feels out of reach, it might be because your community isn't doing its job.Albert Einstein once observed, “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” But in these terms, only the creator matters while groups and mainstream society are seen to stifle creativity.However, research has shown that being part of a creative community is hugely beneficial...Read More »
I come from a culture of black-and-white thinking. There are no shades of gray; there is no middle ground. And only the opposites are real. But for the last two-thirds of my life I have deeply questioned this line of thinking. And I have come to see it as false truth… more dangerous than ever in today’s zero-and-one digital world. According to many spiritual traditions, we live in a world of opposites. Good and Evil Light and Darkness Strength and Weakness Wealth and...Read More »
Four Common Denominators of the Innovator’s Attitude #4: Doing Trumps Thinking, but Thinking Comes First.
In last week’s post I wrote about disruption… and the importance of steering by your inner compass if you want to be disruptive. Elon musk is one of the most disruptive thinkers of our time, and yet when he describes his day, he says this: “I don’t spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems.” It’s clear. Innovation is about doing. The actions you take in the world...Read More »
“Whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission.” – Peter Drucker Richard Branson started an airline because his plane from Puerto Rico to his lover in the British Virgin Islands was cancelled. Mark Zuckerberg created the first version of Facebook to help students find hot dates. Elon Musk started Tesla to reduce global warming. Innovators are driven to make things better, and they take risks on...Read More »
The most successful people in the world – the Elon Musks, the Richard Bransons, the Warren Buffetts – see every problem as an innovation in disguise. They seem to instinctively know how to turn problems into opportunities and opportunities into breakthroughs. So what do they do with failure? Life is change. And innovation is the creative response to change. Getting from how-things-are to how-things-could-be is all about attitude. How do you cultivate the innovator’s...Read More »