Five ways for entrepreneurs to encourage creative thinking

You probably don’t need me to point this out to you, but as entrepreneurs we generally tend to think a little differently to most other people. That’s what makes us entrepreneurs after all, isn’t it?

We think creatively, produce unusual out-of-the-box ideas, see problems as opportunities and come up with unique ideas or solutions. Entrepreneurs push boundaries. They create new ways to solve old problems, develop innovative new products and challenge old ways of thinking about, and doing business.

So why are we now entertaining a suggestion that our entrepreneurs may have lost the will or the ability to innovate?

Perhaps one of the reasons can be found by recognizing that many entrepreneurs will inevitably need to move their focus away from innovation as their business takes shape. Let’s face it. You started out in business because you had a brilliant idea, a creative brainwave. Your entrepreneurial mindset could see the potential ………..

Read the full article on Virgin Entrepreneur here:

http://www.virgin.com/entrepreneur/five-ways-for-entrepreneurs-to-encourage-creative-thinking

 

 

Working off-grid: Is there such a thing as too remote?

Remote working opens up a world of exciting opportunities – and I really do mean world. With the latest technological advances in the realm of communication, borders are no longer barriers.  In some situations it is now possible to work remotely from absolutely anywhere…

For many people the term remote working suggests a small office space at home, or a co-working space that provides an alternative working environment. It is a workspace that allows them to apply focus away from the traditional company office. But today’s modern inter-connected world allows the true entrepreneur to dream and achieve on a much bigger scale. Let me tell you about my remote workspace, to give an example of what is really possible when you start to live and work on your own terms.

I live with my partner on a small two acre island off the Caribbean coast of Panama. Our home is completely ‘off-grid’. We have no connection to mains electricity or water. Solar cells and a bank of batteries provide our power and rainwater collection …….

Read the full article on Virgin Entrepreneur here:

http://www.virgin.com/entrepreneur/working-off-grid-is-there-such-a-thing-as-too-remote

Three extraordinary marketing ideas

Why entrepreneurs need  to walk the road less travelled.
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When you’re trying to get your brand or product out there you needinspire people. Here are three examples of marketing strategies that underline the importance of thinking outside of the box…

Read the full article on Virgin Entrepreneur here:

http://www.virgin.com/entrepreneur/why-entrepreneurs-need-to-walk-the-road-less-travelled-three-extraordinary-marketing

 

How to stave off boredom and stay excited in business

What is the opposite of happiness? Come on, hands up. Who has the word sadness in mind right now? If you do you’re not alone…

I have recently been re-reading ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’ by Tim Ferriss. It’s an eye-opening and inspiring book. I’d suggest any budding entrepreneur add it to their reading list. At one point Tim asks the seemingly simple question: What is the opposite of happiness?

If you are in the majority who answers sadness, then Tim would argue that you are wrong. Happiness and sadness are simply two sides of the same coin, two aspects of the same emotion. In the same way, he suggests, love and hate are not opposites. Both are an expression of a very strong emotional reaction to something or someone.

Read the full article at Virgin Entrepreneur here at:

http://www.virgin.com/entrepreneur/how-to-stave-off-boredom-and-stay-excited-in-business

 

MAKING A BIG LIFE CHANGE IS PRETTY SCARY ….

regretI don’t know who wrote this quote but it certainly resonates with me.

Making a big life change is scary – I should know, I’ve made enough of them. I’ve given up secure jobs to travel, I’ve extracted myself from failing relationships, and I’ve lived in several different countries around the world, including the island in the picture above. But the scariness is short lived. I’ve discovered that the fear I imagine is far worse than the reality of the experience.

Change for me is liberating. I like nothing more than the slightly “edgy” feeling of embarking on a new adventure, of stepping outside my comfort zone – it makes me feel alive!

Of course, I’m not suggesting life is all about relentless, perpetual change. There have been many times when I have been settled, content and taken time to enjoy a particular pastime or environment. But I am suggesting that living in any sort of long term compromise is bad for the soul!

As kids, most of us are naturally explorative. We are pioneers and adventurers! But the older we get, the harder it is to step out of our comfort zone, regardless of any desire to do so. It takes a concerted effort and a lot of support! The more “security” we have, the more “insecure” we seem to become and for some this can create a feeling of being trapped and unhappy.

We all get bored from time to time – that is why we have created so many activities and pastimes to fill our lives. We need continual stimulation to feel positive and inspired. But occasionally we become more restless and recognize that a bigger change or challenge is needed to rekindle our spirit of adventure.

It doesn’t matter whether it is a big change or a small change – any change is better than none if you feel unhappy or restless with your life. Much will depend on your circumstances, your personality and your financial situation, but these should not be constraints. There are ways around all situations with some “out of the box” thinking and general resourcefulness.

Learning to set and accomplish goals can be an important part of making successful life changes. Writing down your goals is also very important – it shows a sense of commitment and makes a statement of intent.

If you are ready to make a change in your life, start by making a short list, just 2 or 3 things you’d like to be different. Then work out a feasible plan to make these changes happen. Stay out of your imagination and keep everything very practical. Set a completion date and mark this on a calendar. Tell as many people as possible and talk to your family and friends. The more support you have the easier it will be to follow through.

Of course there will be some people who will want to convince you not to follow your dreams – but remember they are usually the ones who are too scared to make similar changes in their own lives.

Stay strong, and keep yourself focused on what is important to you – you will be an inspiration to others and you may find yourself living your lifestyle of choice sooner than you thought possible!

No regrets!