“The best ideas rarely arise in one isolated mind, but rather develop in networks of curious and creative thinkers.”
—Esther Perel, Belgian psychotherapist
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Over the past month or so, I’ve noticed the numerous announcements of this year’s crop of Nobel Prize winners. When you examine these exceptional individuals for their big ideas and contributions it is apparent that their work stood on the shoulders of many other curious and creative thinkers, who preceded or currently partner with them.
It’s clear that being a “Lone Ranger” never consistently produces the best ideas, and even if it did, life would be pretty lonely.
Where are you currently working alone and experiencing limited success and considerable frustration? Who are some of the curious and creative thinkers in your communities that can help you come up with more prize-winning ideas?
—Chip Conley, American hotelier, author, and speaker
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I recently learned about Chip Conley through Seth Godin. They first met when attending Stanford and were part of a think tank or mastermind group supporting their entrepreneurial spirits.
Without question, Stanford is one of the finest academic institutions in the world, yet Chip and Seth saw it as limiting in some way. They decided to attract other great and creative thinkers, and take responsibility for their own extracurricular education.
Follow these links to learn about Chip and Seth, and how their continuing education is turning out.
How and in what ways can and will you create a DIY education plan for yourself? Who will you choose as your professors or partners on your journey?
“Innovation is born from the interaction between constraint and vision.”
—Marissa Mayer, co-founder of Lumi Labs
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How innovative and creative are you compared to those around you? How do you stack up against your colleagues, your competitors, and to the global pioneers that are transforming our world with new exponential technologies?
If your ego has gotten a bit bruised by pondering those questions, there is coaching for you in today’s quote.
Take a few minutes to examine one or two top priorities in your personal or professional worlds. What is your vision for each area, and what limitations or constraints exist?
Consider expanding your vision in these areas to the point where the constraints become greater, requiring you to be even more innovative.
Even if you shoot for the moon and miss, your innovative efforts will land you among the stars.
“There is always room in our budget for a little experimentation.”
—Beth Comstock, American business executive
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Variety is the spice of life, they say. How much variety do you experience on a daily basis in your job and personal life? Whether its your organizational budget, your own financial situation, or your personal habits in spending time, perhaps you would benefit from a bit more experimentation.
Where would spending or perhaps investing more resources — including money and time — provide for potential quantifiable or qualitative value? How might a bit more creativity, innovation, and experimentation spice up your professional and personal worlds?
Please reply to this post with the “outside the box” efforts you plan to initiate.
“For creative tasks, the best approach is often just to hire great people and get out of their way.”
—Daniel Pink, New York Times Best selling Author
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Who are the people who help you live a full and productive life?
To what degree are you more like the Lone Ranger, living by the motto, If it is to be, it begins and ends with me?
Years ago, a former mentor shared the idea that leading a million dollar company required 10 people, but that 10,000 were required to run a billion dollar company. Today, these numbers are often considerably less, due to the amazingly creative people and exponential technologies making their way into our lives.
What current task are you struggling with that requires greater capabilities and creativity than currently available? Who are the Tonto’s and other great people in your world that could exponentially boost your productivity and success?
New or Improved? Which of these words conveys the most energy for you?
Both words are often used in advertising and marketing to declare some advantage in a product or service category.
Where are you currently creating something new? In my observations, I see most people (including myself) maintaining the stats quo, simply polishing those things we have already done to brighten our lives a bit.
Creating something entirely new is often a messy process and can look like it is more trouble than it is worth due to the frustration and discouragement that can accompany the effort.
Where can and will you build a better future by creating something entirely new in either your personal or professional life, and not just polish your past?