Do you want to be liked?

[really_simple_share]You probably do want to be liked. Most of us do. Being liked is a basic survival skill. We all know there’s safety in numbers, and the ability to get along with a group—to be liked, kept individuals from being separated from the tribe or community and left to “go it alone” in the wilderness.

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Minding the gap: Creative problem-finding

[really_simple_share]When you look at a glass of liquid, do you ask yourself whether the glass is half full or half empty? Supposedly, the people who see it as half full are optimists, and the ‘half empty’ people are pessimists. But there’s another way to look at it: why is there a gap and how can it be filled?

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Facing the blank page: What’s your block to creativity? (Part 2)

[really_simple_share]Is it important to you to be truly creative? I mean do you want to come up with ideas, solutions and results that are truly innovative and not just a different twist on what you or others have come up with in the past?

In part 1 on this topic, I explored how your assumptions can block creativity by unconsciously creating boundaries around what your mind will allow you to create. (See “Facing The Blank Page” part 1)

Now I’m going to discuss another block to your creativity. It’s the “elephant in the room” that will severely limit your ability to be creative.

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Q: When do investors HATE hearing GOOD ideas?

[really_simple_share]A: When they don’t like the person pitching the good idea!

And I don’t mean they don’t like your personality!

I mean, do they trust you that if they hand you their money – that you are capable of following through, and providing them a return on their investment without losing their capital?

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Facing the blank page: What’s your block to creativity? (Part 1)

[really_simple_share]How many times have you started a project by grabbing a clean sheet of paper or opening a blank document on your computer, and then…nothing. You just sat there staring at it, feeling blocked, feeling stuck, wondering why you couldn’t come up with anything to put on that page. Or if you did put something down, wondering why it just didn’t seem to be all that creative.

The problem was: your page really wasn’t as “blank” as it looked!

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