Do What You Want

Those are the most frightening four words brought to us by the startup revolution. If you want to sing, sing. If you want to lead, lead. If you want to touch, connect, describe, disrupt, give, support, build question... do it. You will not be picked. But if you want to pick yourself, go for it.…

Shame Has Long Been a Tool of Those in Power

Society seeks to shame those who act or look different to them. The community scorns at courageous people who fail, but want to celebrate courageous people who succeeds. Schools use shame to force compliance on those who might speak up. They shame those who colour out of the line. Shame is easily escalated, as its…

Dependency on external motivation

One of the characteristics of the industrial age was the reliance on external motivation. Go to work on time or the boss will be angry. Work extra hard and the boss will give you a promotion. If you get paid to work piecework, then your paycheck goes up when you work harder. The nature of…

Running away vs. running toward

Every brand, every organisation and every individual is either running away from something or running towards something (or working hard to stand still). Are you chasing or being chased? Are you leading or following? Are you fleeing or climbing? Or working hard to stand still? In the startup revolution, to stand still is to die.

I Did It, I Made It, I Said It…

It is so much easier to fail than it used to be. So much easier to put something into the world and see it not work. You don't need a building or a degree or an ad budget. You don't need anyone's permission. What an opportunity. Please don't let a hundred years of brainwashing cause…

The initiator

"I'm just here to learn." Learning is fine. Listening is good. Consensus is natural. But initiating is rare and valuable and essential. How often do you or your brand initiate rather than react? How often do you tweet instead of retweet? Invent rather than exploit? It is very easy to teach compliance, but not easy…

Never a Better Time

Sometimes you get lucky and find yourself in the right place at just the right time. If that happens and you don't realise it, though, you will probably waste the opportunity. I think that's where we are right now. The right place. The right time. And you might not realise it. This is a lousy…

Why So Many Entrepreneurs Have Dyslexia and ADHD

Studies show found that entrepreneurs are three times more likely than the general public to have dyslexia. And many entrepreneurs credit their ADHD with giving them an edge in making their businesses successful. Some of the world famous entrepreneurs and innovators who were dyslexia or had ADHD: - Richard Branson - Thomas Edison - Leonardo…