FRESH IDEAS.
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Inspiring thoughts on innovation, growth, leadership,
creativity, transformation, and disruption.

 

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Can’t or Won’t?

If you are pursuing anything worth doing, they heat is likely to get really hot. Before you forfeit your dreams, perform a careful examination to see if you are really in a “can’t” dead-end or just a “won’t” situation.

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On Space Aliens and Perspective

Try approaching your next challenge as a detective from 16th century London. Or a heroin-drenched jazz musician from the early 50’s. Or your seven-year-old nephew. Or the warden of a maximum-security prison. Or Kim Kardashian. Or Darth Vader. Or the Octomom.

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The “Oh Shit” Moment

That dreaded “oh shit” moment will likely crop up when you least expect it. The next time it does, don’t run from it. Seize it. It’s simply an opportunity for you to shine and grow.

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Grit: The New Killer App

Turns out that good old-fashioned grit has been statistically linked to being the number one indicator of high performance.

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Five Disaster Moves to Botch Your Pitch

After hearing a pitch where the daring hero outperforms Groupon and Apple in their second year with trillions of revenue and six billion customers, I’m ready for a shower instead of a closing dinner.

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How to Become The 1%

We can point fingers, complain the world isn’t fair, and swim in a pot of victim soup. Or we can push ourselves and our organizations to achieve the coveted 1% position.

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Distinctive

The sole of every single Louboutin shoe is painted bright red. Pantone 187C to be exact.

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Four Powerful Questions

Send the critic out for a long walk, ask the right questions, and get busy with manifesting your true potential. Everyone else’s is already taken.

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Letting Go

Many people find themselves in “okay” jobs, “okay” relationships, and living “okay” lives. It takes boldness and courage to let go of the known to pursue the wonder and magic of what’s possible.

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Where to Aim

It’s as if the world will freeze for twelve months while they develop their new product.

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Flowers Are Red

When will we teach each other that if you follow the rules, think there’s only one “right” answer, and avoid mistakes at all costs, we’re simply resigning ourselves to mediocrity?

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Are You a Firebrand?

Whether you’re working to drive your company or career, the key to unlocking your full potential is creating a story that is unique, captivating, and irresistible. A Firebrand.

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11 Lessons from Steve

Steve famously said he wanted to “put a ding in the universe.” You have done that, my friend, and so much more.

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Caught in the Act

With so much effort spent catching people doing something wrong, it’s time to start catching each other doing something right.

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All In

To reach your true potential, you need to be All In.

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Vu Deja

We’ve all experienced déjà vu. Turns out the most successful and creative people flip this around and consciously practice Vu Déjà.

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The Man Behind the Magic

This past week was truly a “magical” one for me. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the hall of fame basketball star, brilliant entrepreneur, and generous philanthropist joined my venture capital firm.

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Should’a, Could’a, Would’a

Have the courage and conviction to go for the things you really want. Stop settling and start doing. Seize the day, and never, never, ever be a should’a, could’a, would’a.

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The Riskiest Move of All

All our lives we’ve been taught to avoid risk. Look both ways when crossing the street. Don’t touch the hot stove. Don’t talk to strangers.

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