Who helped you most on your life’s journey?

English: Hillbrow and the Hillbrow Tower
Hillbrow and the Hillbrow Tower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we look back on what we have achieved, how far we’ve progressed and what we’ve done in our life and business, we know that we have had help along the way. Out of all the people that you have known in your lifetime who has helped you most or influenced you most?

Sometimes we forget those early influences. I remember one point in my life when I was considering doing a degree. I had no support from family or friends where I lived because in those days many of the youngsters were not going to university but are decided on trades and clerical positions. I had this yearning to learn more and be more and thought that a bachelor of arts degree would give me a leg up in life. Continue reading “Who helped you most on your life’s journey?”

Sing in the shower for brilliant ideas and profit from your innovation

Español: Un hombre practicando kitesurfing en las palyas de Curanipe, Chile.
Español: Un hombre practicando kitesurfing en las palyas de Curanipe, Chile.

This African proverb is a great way to think about new ideas and innovation:

“An axe without a handle does not cut firewood.”

Combinations lead to innovation.

Connections among your experiences, feelings, emotions, deep thinking, facts and observations can spark new ideas for products, services, fresh thinking and stunning insights.

Three quick examples:

– Ballet and shoes = ballet pumps
– Surfboard and kite = kite boarding
– Internet and friends = Facebook

How do you discover these golden connections? How do you ignite these golden threads? How do you spark of these golden opportunities? Continue reading “Sing in the shower for brilliant ideas and profit from your innovation”