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Top of Mind Ideas on Business

On Creativity

I like to ponder creativity. Have you ever wondered what it is? Why is it that some people are extremely creative and others aren’t? I was reading a list on Fast Company of the 100 most creative people in business. (List like that are usually just a load of bullcrap, and there list is certainly no exception.

http://www.fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/2012

Lists like that are intended to make you marvel at what others consider to be creative behavior.

Here is my take, you can only be creative if you understand and believe in FREEDOM.
Creativity and innovation both require you to have the courage of your convictions and ideas.
Most people do not allow themselves to live in a free world. They are condemned by the good opinion of others. My greatest ideas have come from my failures. My failures resulted from me being free enough to pursue what I considered to be a better way of doing things.

If you really want to get a Phd in Creativity develop the courage to fail at something you are passionate about.

Nuff said.

How Do You Feel About Failure?

Most people can’t handle failure. Their egos are too big to learn anything.

As an entrepreneur the most important lesson is that everything can teach you what you need to do to succeed if you will only learn from the experience.

School indoctrinates us into believing that scoring a 100% is the ultimate goal.
However in business that is not how the game is played. In business we learn more from setbacks and failures if we can get out of the way of our egos. This often is easier said than done since the ego has a huge grip on us.

Three rules for entrepreneurial activity:

1) Hit the market quickly
2) Do it cost effectively
3) Learn from the experience

I was talking with a friend and fellow entrepreneur the other day. He commented on how he fails about 90% of the time in his ventures. (You would not believe how wealthy he is!)

Change your perspective and definition of failure and it will teach you everything you need to know to succeed.