Innovation is About Reading Between the Lines

To be average is to see what exists. To innovate, create, and be above average is to see in between what exists, to what could be. Example of seeing in between: people use social media to connect, and people call taxis to get rides. What if the two were combined, and people used social media to get rides? That was the basis of Zimride, the original ridesharing service that later morphed into Lyft. Acquired FM…

Moving as a Study in Persevering

I moved today -- for the fifth time in fifteen months. Not far -- just across the Ravenel Bridge, from Downtown Charleston to Mt. Pleasant -- but the distance almost doesn't matter. If you're moving, it's unsettling and a bother. Also, again -- the fifth time in fifteen months. I reused boxes today I used in that first move 15 months ago. I'm getting rather good at this. Tonight's blog post is less a set…

Always Seek to Become More Interesting

Always seek to become more interesting. Becoming more interesting requires learning. It requires obtaining new experiences, and new information, and new knowledge. Interestingness is a good indicator of value. The more interesting you are, the more interesting the content you're able to create. The greater your well of information that you can draw from, the better your creative capacity, and the higher-value ideas you'll have. The more interesting you are, the more interested other people…

Live Curious, not Constricted

There are two different ways you can make decisions: from a place of curiosity, or a place of constriction. If you're making decision from a curious standpoint, you're pursuing opportunities because you wonder "what if." You're curious about what might have been, what might be now, or what could be in future. You're curious to learn more. You're driven purely by a desire for knowledge -- not afraid of anything besides not knowing. You can…

You Don’t Know How Much You Know

I talk all the time about how you don't know what you don't know. It's one of the most important things in life -- the more you know, the more you realize you don't know. But the reverse is also true -- you don't know how much you know. And you won't know, until there's a context that draws it out. We hold a vast amount of information that we never properly pin down, identify,…

Make Idea Capture Part of Your Day

We have a lot of valuable thoughts that we waste. We think a lot throughout the day. A lot of our thoughts are fairly pedantic -- pertaining to the things we're focused on in the moment, and not terribly relevant outside of that context. But we have a number of thoughts throughout the day that are valuable in other contexts. The more we live, the more knowledge we have, and the more interesting we become,…

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