M4M Thumbnail
Read more

Innovators are collaborators not corroborators

We rely on innovation to address challenges and to make our lives more enjoyable. But innovation decreases and eventually ceases when change agents (that’s you): Become bystanders Decide to hoard their ideas The world is in need of anxious thinkers (not onlookers) who stimulate ideas through providing and sharing ideas. When people relieve themselves of…

M4M Thumbnail
Read more

You can’t prove ‘new’

Outside of start-up ventures, we’re all, in a way, venture capitalists. We try to maintain a balance between analysis, prediction, and blind faith when deciding what to do and what to avoid – and then, of course, how diligently to do each. But the difference in people’s life paths is often determined by their own…

M4M Thumbnail
Read more

The simple willingness to improvise is more vital, in the long run, than research

Research serves a purpose, but it doesn’t offer much when your plans and actions might change the data you’re researching. Big visions require a willingness to step forward without seeing the whole staircase. They demand resourcefulness, thinking on the spot, and adjusting direction in flight. Everything else is a distraction, an attempt to seek comfort…

M4M Thumbnail
Read more

A willingness to be wrong creates a Wright

The Wright brothers didn’t fly on their first attempt. They failed countless times before successfully gliding above the earth.  In fact, many of their attempts could be viewed as downright embarrassing. In their day, even the concept of human flight was blasphemy. It was enough to put their psychological condition on trial. But thank God…

M4M Thumbnail
Read more

Distance changes circumstance

Solving problems is all about getting closer to the issue, right? Not necessarily. We often assume that those most familiar and most knowledgeable about a problem are the best people to solve it. Ironically, however, many insights do not result from increased research or more time spent analyzing. Sometimes it takes an outsider with a…

M4M Thumbnail
Read more

Start with the ridiculous and work toward the reasonable

In the realm of negotiation, there is widely understood maxim: “He who proposes the first figure loses.” What is the reasoning behind this phrase? In fear of sounding ridiculous, the first person typically proposes what is (or might be near) a logical figure. What is not often understood is that all following conversations are framed…

M4M Thumbnail
Read more

Imagination is more important than knowledge

Ideas in the creative economy are extremely valuable commodities. More than ever before, the world relies on human creativity to solve the many problems we have created, combat the threats of nature, refine elements of function and style, and simply make life more enjoyable.  What is the source of ideas? Imagination. Einstein once said: “Imagination…

M4M Thumbnail
Read more

A Stop sign does not mean turn back

Everyday we face various Stop signs. Not only in a car, but in our professional and personal lives as well. When someone gives us unfavorable feedback, or we lose support, or we lose funding, or something does not work out, we face a Stop sign. But many people take these encounters far too literally and…

M4M Thumbnail
Read more

Creative flow comes from letting go

The value of “creative flow” cannot be underestimated. It’s a source or inspiration, imagination, and genius – things coveted by man for centuries. Despite some common beliefs, great ideas don’t arise from a deepset effort to expel intelligence, but rather a process of “expressing” thoughts and energy without self-scrutiny. The greatest encumbrance we face is,…

Read more

The M4M ebook is finally here

After 4 years since the original Maxims for Mavericks book, I am finally releasing the new version with 95% new content. Best of all, I am giving the ebook away for FREE… at least for a while. – Get your FREE copy here: http://su.pr/7A5gvV As we are shift from an information economy to a creative…

M4M Thumbnail
Read more

Crazy is better than common

Contrary to popular belief, budding entrepreneurs trying to make a name for themselves don’t suffer from a lack of resources. They suffer mainly from obscurity.  And by definition, obscurity always increases at the norm. Why? Because “common” literally means widespread – it’s the peak of the bell curve; the home of the majority. When categorized…

M4M Thumbnail
Read more

Opposite can mean opportunity

Too easily and too often we assume our perspectives are the best, most logical, and perhaps only way to interpret the world. But this train of thought is not only fallacious, but perilous. We shut doors of opportunity and growth that we didn’t even know existed. If doing things in the same way we have…

Showing 97–108 of 108 posts