They say that if you ask the right question, you will get the right answer. It’s simple common sense. Yet, we often miss opportunities because we kicked the ‘human’ out of the process, and bombard our questions with technological terms and jargon speak. This may be one of the reasons why it is hard to find your business principles these days, that no matter how you try to get rid of the complexities, you just won’t do it. To think strategically in terms of positioning your brand out there and gain competitive advantage is something of a hit-and-miss deal for many. It’s a hard habit to break, don’t you think?
The Bottom Line of Radical Thinking
Umair Haque wowed me with his post on the paradox of radicalism.. and I have to agree that when all resources have been spent on thinking of the next great innovation, there’s always wisdom to be sought for in looking back to the past. Maybe, you can spend time digging in to inspiring stories in that old history book and seek to challenge ideas that have worked before. The problem with this consumerist age is that every entrepreneur wants to come up with the next shiny object without giving second thoughts on how these will make a difference in people’s lives, more accurately, in their customers’ lives. You don’t have to go the extreme just to make an impact. In times when even big brands reach an epic low, to be radical may simply mean taking the next step from being a spectator to a mind mover. You don’t even have to become a rebel and protest in the streets.
Is It Time to Change Your Mind Habit?
When you’re used to the trivial way of things, it is quite hard to know if you’re practicing good or bad habits. If you’ve read Charles Duhigg‘s new book, The Power of Habit, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Have you ever wondered why you struggle so hard to do something when you can do things now? Maybe, you’re waiting for something to strike or waiting for someone to do things for you. Be it boredom, complacency, distraction, procrastination, negativity or low energy in accomplishing tasks – the excuses can be plenty and you HAVE to do something about it! When you became a business owner, you’re not an employee anymore and yet, you’re still working.. for yourself this time. You can always schedule time to change these habits and brainstorm new ideas – before and after business hours. Are you willing to sacrifice a bit to make things happen? You are the only key to change.
Real Innovation: Mindset or Skillset
When you’re stuck with corporate thinking, you think about existing status quo and rules that are now the big barriers to creation of new ideas. The old bureaucracy may not work in an environment that encourages openness and agility. If you’re not willing to listen to your team, to challenge common beliefs, then, the room for growth becomes too small. While acquiring new skills are called for in this age of outsourcing, big data and technology – it is your attitude, your view, and your passion which will drive you to the right direction. Let your motivation affect your perception and you’ll start to perceive what everyone fails to see. Sometimes, it is totally fine to do a counter flow to where everyone is going. You may want to be trendy.. but would you really want to be another face in the crowd?
Try solving real problems this time and create true value for your customers.
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