Innovation is less about being without any limits, boundaries or restrictions. It’s more about directing your flow of thoughts through a framework. Studies and experience points at it being better when done as a team. There are multiple frameworks that have been developed, protected and sold at a premium. So much, for eliciting answers, insights and ideas from you! Go beyond brainstorming, explore other frameworks and see what works
It’s not your job. It’s not your bank balance. It’s not the big break you got. It’s not the awards, certificates and standing ovations. I find that my quest for happiness is unending. Looking for it in things, positions, titles and opportunities. Though it comes by, it flies away and is more elusive than before. Instead, can we conclude that happiness is a state of mind and we must
You’ll never figure it all out. It’s an illusion, an excuse, a facade. It’s like solving a mathematical equation which becomes complex as you solve it. New variables keep getting added before you complete dealing with the ones confronting you. A better strategy is to drop figuring things out and seek an opinion from mentors, well-wishers and people you trust, history or even your past experiences. A guest will
We are poor at learning. Surviving school by memorising, getting through college with last minute preparations. The education system is an easy target but poor learning strategies is the dog that isn’t barking. Prime yourself to learn better, faster and smarter. Strengthen your remembering skills and the often ignored ability to recall. Your brain is a machine. Keep it primed.
Being open to new ideas, perspectives, approaches, opinions and school of thoughts is hard. But it’s worth putting the effort to listen and empathise. Because the world doesn’t believe what you believe, the world doesn’t like what you like and the world doesn’t want what you want. Listen to them with care.
Tradition may not be cool, packaged and positioned for a target market. Hence, we tend to prefer loud, cool, and gorgeously packaged alternatives. Before we give up on the traditional practice, ones that are handed down by generations lets take a step back and ask ourselves, Is the tradition relevant? In most cases, it is.
Leonardo da Vinci has what the author terms as a Universal brain. He was adept with geometry, skilled at making weapons, capable of painting masterpieces (though most were incomplete), an accomplished architect, ceaselessly curious about living beings and their features. A sort of ‘master of all trades’ but the essence of a universal brain is the opportunity to draw from one ideas, insights from one field and implement it
They just don’t know it yet.
Show up and express what people need to hear, contribute value so they can achieve what they want, show them the picture they’ve been waiting to see.
It will take work, emotional labour and caring. But it’s worth the effort to earn trust and attention.