Mother Teresa on Innovation (and Life)
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; BE KIND ANYWAY.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends, and some true enemies; BE SUCCESSFUL ANYWAY.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you; BE HONEST AND SINCERE ANYWAY.
What you spend years creating, others may tear down overnight; CREATE ANYWAY.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous; BE HAPPY ANYWAY.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten tomorrow; DO IT ANYWAY.
In the final analysis, it's between you and God; IT WAS NEVER ABOUT YOU AND THEM ANYWAY.August 20, 2009
Suspend Logic, Linearity, and Analysis!
Perhaps Einstein said it best when he declared "Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted."
He was referring, of course, to the part of the human being that knows intuitively -- the part that is tuned in, connected and already creative. Kids live in this place. The rest of us only visit, preferring the left-brained world of rationality, logic, linearity, practicality and analysis.
On some primal level, we're all from Missouri. We need proof. And while there's nothing wrong with gathering data, the addiction to it subverts our ability to be creative.
We all know this. That's why we go to the movies, the pub, watch TV, read novels, dial 900 numbers, and daydream. We seek an altered state -- one that is free of the normal gravity of daily life...
That's why movie makers ask us to suspend disbelief. That's why brainstorm facilitators ask us to suspend judgment. That's why women (innately intuitive as they are) ask the men in their lives to stop being so damn practical for a change and actually feel something.
It is in this state of suspension that our innate creativity is free to rise to the surface -- over, under and around all of the left-brained guardians at the gate.
And so... if you want to really birth a BIG IDEA, you too will need to enter into this state -- at least in the first phase of your new venture. Suspend judgment. Suspend evaluation. Suspend your addiction to the practical.
What exists on the other side is fuel for the fire of your untapped creativity.
What can you do this week to suspend practicality, logic, and rationality in service to birthing your BIG IDEA?
August 10, 2009
Excerpted from Awake at the Wheel.
The Top Ten Learning Tools on the Web
Click here for the Top Ten Learning Tools on the web as compiled by the fabulous Jane Hart, Social Media and Learning Consultant.
If you've never seen Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day site, check it out immediately (or at least by 3:30pm) and discover an extraordinary web resource -- especially if you just can't seem to catch up with all the latest and greatest apps, websites, tools, blogs, and digital goodies.
Last year Jane featured one of our online creative thinking tools. And I'm not talking hammer, chisel, or screwdriver.