What in the World are you Creating? Lessons in Polarization from Physics


Electrical current flowing between two male arms

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...

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Four Common Denominators of the Innovator’s Attitude #4: Doing Trumps Thinking, but Thinking Comes First.


doing trumps thinking

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...

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Four Common Denominators of the Innovator’s Attitude #2: Give up the Good for the Great.


Give up the Good for the Great

“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...

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Four Common Denominators of the Innovator’s Attitude # 1: Make Failure Your Ally


Innovator Attitude Make Failure Your Ally

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...

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Little Pink Spoon #13 from The Wheel of Creativity


This post is part of a series of excerpts from my forthcoming book. You can read them all in the Little Pink Spoons category. You can get advance notice of the book by subscribing to my Creative Adventure Journal over there to your right.   The Wheel Throughout history, the wheel has been generally recognized as humanity’s first great invention. The word wheel is derived from a Proto-Indo-European word that means to revolve or move around. Always circular, often spoked...

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