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How Society Kills Our Creativity – In A Breathtaking Award-Winning Short Film

How Society Kills Our Creativity – In A Breathtaking Award-Winning Short Film | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

If you relate with a sense of having your true self shunned by the society we live in, this one's for you! And if you have kids on top of that, it will really hit home. 

Madrid based animators, Daniel Martinez Lara and Rafa Cano Mendez created this touching 7 minute short film that perfectly demonstrates what happens when we let external influences dim our inner light, and how it affects the lives of those we love most. Enjoy! And go grab some tissues, you might need ’em! To view: click image or title.

 

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Don’t Focus on the Problem, Innovate past it !

Don’t Focus on the Problem, Innovate past it ! | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
The second group came up with much more elegant and effective designs. The first group focused on the problems with the existing design and that constrained their thinking. 
The study was carried out by researchers David Jansson and Steven Smith and is mentioned in David Niven’s book, It’s Not About the Shark. The title of the book refers to the problem which the then unknown director Steven Spielberg had in 1974 while shooting Jaws. The movie script involved many scenes showing a monster shark but the mechanical model shark they used had recurring technical faults and kept failing. The movie was running well behind schedule and ahead of budget. The problem was the shark which just would not work. Read more: click image or title.
 

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Don't focus on the box, step out of it. 

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Two groups of engineering students were given a similar task – to design a bicycle rack for a car. The first group was shown an existing but poorly designed roof rack for bicycles. They looked at all the issues with the current design and then set out to come up with something better. The second group was not shown the ineffective roof rack; they were simply told to design a really good bicycle rack.
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12 Websites That Can Make You Incredibly Smarter

12 Websites That Can Make You Incredibly Smarter | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Learning new things makes you a better person. Work on gaining new knowledge with these 12 websites.

Self-learning has been more popular as the amount of information available online is increasing, allowing us to broaden our views with any topics that interest us. As you can find almost any course you wish to attend online, on popular websites such as Coursera and Khan Academy, you can easily change your career and start learning about something that really inspires you.

We present you with a list of 12 websites that you can use to expand your knowledge base and seize new opportunities. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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So many new things to learn, so little time....
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4 Ways Startups Can Harness Innovation and Disruption

4 Ways Startups Can Harness Innovation and Disruption | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Let 2017 be the year you take new risks, make bold decisions and find new ways to transform, innovate and disrupt.

We live in a time when doctors no longer have to rely on costly and unwieldy medical imaging devices to diagnose illnesses. A simple “visual stethoscope” would help them see deep into the human body more easily than ever, thereby accelerating both diagnosis and therapy. Meanwhile, if you’re a chronically ill patient, you no longer have to make repeated, costly visits to the hospital. Say hello to Molly -- an innovative, friendly, virtual nurse who can check up on you, monitor your vitals and provide follow-up care -- all through your smart phone. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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"..these technological disruptions are upping the stakes on the playing field, making it more important for companies to stay on top of their game, and to push the boundaries of what’s possible."

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10 Great Books Guaranteed to Spark Your Inner Genius in 2017

10 Great Books Guaranteed to Spark Your Inner Genius in 2017 | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Creativity isn't just a "wonderful to have" asset anymore, it's a strategic part of business survival. Here are 10 great books on creativity for 2017.

 

Creativity isn’t just a “wonderful to have” asset anymore. It’s a strategic part of business survival in a world crowded with businesses. Creativity, whether it’s in product design, a marketing campaign or service delivery, is what sets a business apart from the rest of the pack. It allows a business to create the future instead of focusing their efforts on outdoing present-day competitors. Creativity is also a strong organizational asset for increasing employee productivity and engagement, as well as maintaining a pipeline of ideas that could be called upon to capitalize (or defend against) a change in company strategy.

Developing and maintaining creativity in a business setting isn’t something that comes naturally to many business owners. For so long, creativity has been pushed off as and neglected because business was supposed to be about the numbers. Business is still about the numbers but the way to achieve the right numbers is through strategic creativity.

One way to get started in thinking differently is reading differently. That’s why you can find a list of 10 books selected to help you do just that. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Take a break, read, get new ideas and be #creative.

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World's largest textbook company announce pilot of HoloLens coursework

World's largest textbook company announce pilot of HoloLens coursework | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

With Mixed Reality learning content can be developed for HoloLens that provides students with real world experiences, allowing them to build proficiency, develop confidence, explore and learn.

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Finding new applications when new #technology is available is key to successful #innovation.

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An interesting development.

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Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it

Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Yekutiel Sherman couldn’t believe his eyes.

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The Israeli entrepreneur had spent one year designing the product that would make him rich—a smartphone case that unfolds into a selfie stick. He had drawn up prototypes, secured some minimal funds from his family, and launched a crowdfunding campaign. He even shot a professional promo video, showing a couple taking the perfect selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower.

But one week after his product hit Kickstarter in December 2015, Sherman was shocked to see it for sale on AliExpress—Alibaba’s English-language wholesale site. Vendors across China were sellingidentical smartphone case selfie-sticks, using the same design Sherman came up with himself. Some of them were selling for as low as $10 a piece, well below Sherman’s expected retail price of £39 ($47.41). Amazingly, some of these vendors stole the name of Sherman’s product—Stikbox:  Read more: click image or title.

 

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The problem of the lightning fast Chinese #copycats.

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4 Industries That Are Currently Undergoing Revolutions

4 Industries That Are Currently Undergoing Revolutions | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Yes, home automation and three others are changing at lightning speed. But do you know why?

Technology is always moving forward; the various industries that utilize those tools typically aren’t very far behind. And while just about every industry is shifting in some form or fashion, a few are poised to undergo significant change. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Our world is changing at a very high pace with some industries directly affecting our #lifestyle.

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7 Actionable Steps to Craft a Lean Business Model

7 Actionable Steps to Craft a Lean Business Model | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Start small, use a proven approach, anticipate change and pay attention to customer opinion and market research.

Having big dreams -- like running your own business or turning your idea into a company that can change the world -- is pretty ambitious. And it's only possible if you build your startup on top of a solid business model.

Let’s face the facts. You may think you have a clear business plan and a great business idea, but in reality, you have a bunch of hypotheses. You can waste your time with an old business modeling approach -- write a lengthy document and include lots of charts and data in it -- or you can begin your entrepreneurship journey in a more professional manner and use business model canvas. Read more: click image or title.

 

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#Startups need to be #innovative in every aspect of their business.

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13 Practices of the World’s Most Innovative Organizations | Innovation Management

13 Practices of the World’s Most Innovative Organizations | Innovation Management | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Successful organizations know the significance of innovation in business.

Apple is a good example of how effective innovation management can improve yourproducts and scale up your business. After reaching on the brink of collapse, it achieved new heights of success by implementing effective innovation management policy. The success of its innovative management strategies once again brought it in the league of leading organizations. If you are an entrepreneur who wants to learn from innovative management strategies of successful organizations, consider the following thirteen strategies.

In non-technical language, innovative management is any process that involves changes in planning, ideation, technical execution and production of resources in a way that can make a system more functional for people. In context of business, it focuses on two major objectives: Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Innovation drives the success of #startups and #corporations. Absolutely essential. Great article by InnovationManagement.

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4 Tips for Launching Minimum Viable Products Inside Big Companies

4 Tips for Launching Minimum Viable Products Inside Big Companies | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
You have to act like a real startup.


“We have to disrupt ourselves before the market does.” It’s not an uncommon mandate today. Established enterprises need to innovate to keep pace with the more nimble, smaller startups. Perhaps no approach has captured the imagination of big companies yearning to get more nimble than the lean startup method: quickly building and launching minimum viable products — MVPs — and then iterating and pivoting based on market feedback. Read more: click image or title.



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The concept of a #startup has become the epitome of 

#innovation or #disruption. This article describes how to integrate the idea of a lean startup into a corporation.

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Although the "Lean Startup"  is just a few years old, its concepts—such as “minimum viable product” and “pivoting”—have quickly taken root in the start-up world, and business schools have already begun adapting their curricula to teach them.

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Video Shows What It's like Inside Virtual Reality - Road to VR

Video Shows What It's like Inside Virtual Reality - Road to VR | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

You’ll hear the mantra time and again “you have to use virtual reality to understand what it’s like.” And for the most part that’s true.

VR is so new and different that using old media like text, photos, or videos to explain it is extremely challenging. That said, this mixed reality video from Fantastic Contraptionmight yet be the best non-VR example of what it’s like to be inside virtual reality.


Point-of-view VR videos make sense to people who have used virtual reality, but for those who haven’t, it just looks like any old video of a player using a controller to look around. It doesn’t really ‘click’ until you can somehow show how the VR user steps into the virtual world entirely.

This mixed reality video, which combines real footage with virtual footage, shows exactly how the virtual world encompasses the player and better yet, how the player interacts inside VR. This is the best video I’ve yet seen to show what it’s like to be in virtual reality using a headset with tracked controllers like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.

In the video we see the world of Fantastic Contraption. This is the world of the player wearing the headset. He sees all the green ground and the blue sky around him. He also sees all of the objects he’s creating and interacting with, as though they’re right in front of him in his actual space. The guys on the couch, as they don’t have headsets, don’t see this world. They’re sitting in the same room, watching on a TV screen. They can see what’s happening, but they don’t feel like they’re inside Fantastic Contraption.

So what are they actually doing? The goal of Fantastic Contraption, developed by Radial Games and Northway Games, is to move the pink ball into the pink goal area. As the goal is too far away from the player, they’ll have to construct some sort of… contraption… to get it there. The tools are basic—rods and powered wheels mostly—but with a little imagination and ingenuity, you can conquer some pretty challenging puzzles.

Fantastic Contraption is being developed for the HTC Vive. Developer Colin Northway does these mixed reality streams of the game on his Twitch channel. To watch the video, click on image or title.





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With all the talk about VR, virtual reality, it is hard to get a sense of what it really entails. This video gives a bit of an idea...

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FI.co: Checklist: 10 Rules for a Great Startup Idea

FI.co: Checklist: 10 Rules for a Great Startup Idea | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Even though it's trendy in startups to say that ideas mean nothing and execution means everything, the reality is much less binary and much more nuanced. For example, even the world’s best entrepreneur with incredible execution will fail if their idea is fundamentally flawed, or if their market is too small.

Adeo Ressi, the Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute, preaches a list of "10 Rules to a Great Startup Idea"; an infographic of which was previously featured on Business Insider in an article by Megan Rose Dickey. This list provides a great starting point for people who want to evaluate their startup ideas at the very first stage. 

What we have found is that if an early-stage founder can check off the ten items below, they have a solid foundation by which to start a company. You are absolutely not assured success if you can check off these items (nor are you assured failure if you can’t), but your chances of success are much, much higher if you can. 

See the infographic below, and scroll down further for a full explanation. To see the infographic and article click on image or title.



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What CEOs Need to Understand about Innovation ChiefExecutive.net | Chief Executive magazine

What CEOs Need to Understand about Innovation ChiefExecutive.net | Chief Executive magazine | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

The experience of two different CEOs running two very different kinds of companies suggest how leaders can create a road map to innovation.

How should CEOs think about innovation as a path to growth for their companies? In a decade of listless economic growth companies can either grow through acquisition or by creating new products or services and the businesses that support them. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Analyzing the concept of #innovation.

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How This Famous Movie Quote Is Able to Change Your Bad Habits Almost Immediately

How This Famous Movie Quote Is Able to Change Your Bad Habits Almost Immediately | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

In the movie Empire Strikes Back, Yoda lets us in on a little time-tested secret that every successful person (not just Jedi Masters) has mastered.

Remember how your mother used to tell you things growing up, like, "Don't swim after a meal or you'll get indigestion." Whatever mom said, whether it was from her wisdom or an old wive's tale, probably stuck with you to adulthood.

Then, somewhere around your early twenties, you challenged mom's belief system. You went swimming, and no, you did not get indigestion. You were liberated!

As children, we were taught many limiting beliefs. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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When #Yoda talks, we listen...

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The Surest Sign You’re Winning is When Goliath Takes a Swing at You

The Surest Sign You’re Winning is When Goliath Takes a Swing at You | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

I’ve been involved with several startups where a giant incumbent attacks you and tries to sue you out of existence. When you first receive the threat it feels like the local pizza shop when they first get a call from the local mafia boss and you can feel the shake-down coming. The first instinct is fear, then dread, then panic. You begin to think about how hard it will be to fund raise, sign customers, hire employees, etc. with the cloud of a lawsuit hanging over you.

That’s what bullies want. They are trying to intimidate you. It’s like the big kid at school who realizes you’re smarter, nimbler or more charming and their only defense is to punch you in the nose quickly hoping you’ll shrink slowly into a corner. Read more: click image or title.

 

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I bought one of your business planning templates and have been receiving your emails and videos for a few months now…
I just wanted to say thanks for cranking out such amazing work!
You're doing an incredible job, and I know entrepreneurs everywhere are benefiting from it!
Please, keep it up!
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Great blog article from Mark Suster, must-read.

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10 tiny gadgets every minimalist needs

10 tiny gadgets every minimalist needs | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Tech doesn't always have to mean more: it can also mean doing more with a lot less. Here are 10 elegantly designed products that pack form and functionality.

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Last minute gifts? 

Don't you love less clutter and #innovative solutions?

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Tools that help startups scale effectively

Tools that help startups scale effectively | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

If you wanted to start your own tech business 10 years ago, you needed deep pockets and extensive knowledge of building the various parts of a company yourself. From the ground up. Skype, Amazon and eBay were all well-backed companies given significant capital to grow while making significant early losses.

Building a successful tech company should not be that exclusive — you should neither need a hefty amount of capital nor a degree in engineering, necessarily. If you have a great idea, you should be able to focus on that idea and not have to worry about building non-core parts of your business from scratch, such as hosting or payroll. The good news is that we are closer than ever to that reality, thanks to a more mature ecosystem of tools that help startups scale effectively on a pay-as-you-grow basis. Read more: click image or title.

 

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"The steam engine became the universal source of power in the industrial revolution, and in today’s digital revolution, the startup stack is emerging as the steam engine for our age. But, coming at a much lower cost and being available globally via the cloud, the democratization potential of this is much stronger. Industrial revolutions have tended to benefit the few at the expense of the many. With the startup stack, maybe this latest revolution will be a lot more distributive than previous ones."

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Six Digital Disruptors Emerge as Finalists in Global Innovation Grand Challenge 2016

Six Digital Disruptors Emerge as Finalists in Global Innovation Grand Challenge 2016 | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Six Digital Disruptors Emerge as Finalists in Global Innovation Grand Challenge 2016.

The final sprint is on to the finish line spotlighting the world’s most disruptive digital innovators for industry.

It is my distinct honor to announce the six finalists of this year’s Innovation Grand Challenge. These six superstar startups rose to the top of a competition launched last May at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, attracting more than 5,500 participants from 150 countries that spanned every continent except Antarctica.

They are all digital trailblazers with the best potential to shake up private and public market sectors by harnessing the power of Cisco’s digital platform. 

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Here are 3 Ways to get your Boss to respect your Ideas

Here are 3 Ways to get your Boss to respect your Ideas | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Business news with a unique twist. Business Grapevine explores the best leadership, strategy, economy, innovation, and diversity in the business world, while providing lifestyle tips for senior professionals.

We all strive for perfection, but often fall somewhat short of it. Maybe we overanalyse issues or we don’t follow through on promises, or maybe we aren’t putting the best version of ourselves out there to begin with.

When it comes to being respected at work, there are certain steps that you can take to ensure that your superiors don’t think you’re just there for the paycheque. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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How to thrive in the #workplace and get noticed with new #ideas.

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Things to Do Before Starting a Small Business

Things to Do Before Starting a Small Business | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

The idea of starting a small business can be very intimidating. The pressures and pitfalls loom large, making one wonder if it is worth the effort. But with zeal, planning, and diligence you can deal with, if not avoid most of these pitfalls. The key here is a good foundation. So, without further ado, here are a few steps that will help you start your small business with every chance of success. Read more" click image or title.

 

 

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Here are some basics to look at before starting a #business.

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Start with a simple #businessplan and make the foundation for good business practices.

Grimel's curator insight, August 3, 2016 4:18 PM

Mi empresa, que considerar antes de un emprendimiento.

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Guy Kawasaki on the art of innovation: Ten steps

Guy Kawasaki on the art of innovation: Ten steps | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Guy Kawasaki presents 10 steps on the art of innovation at the Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit.

As the top executive in charge of information technology, CIOs are feeling a lot of pressure to innovate. Or they should be.

According to Gartner, CEOs expect business revenue from digital offerings to increase more than 80% by 2020. For companies to keep up with the push to digital, IT departments must function not only as IT service providers but also as innovation partners to the business. But how exactly does innovation happen? And how do CIOs sell the idea that IT -- the organization that keeps the proverbial lights on -- is prepared to drive business strategy?


At the recent Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit, marketing guru Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist at Apple and chief evangelist at online graphic design tool company Canva, offered a 10-step manifesto for fostering the art of innovation. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Innovation is at the heart of every #startup now. #Technology keeps on driving major #disruptions. Inredible Guy #Kawasaki has 10 steps on the art of innovation. Here is one: Let 100 flowers blossom. Go take a look at this article, great stuff.

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How The Most Successful People Ask Questions

How The Most Successful People Ask Questions | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

The most intelligent and successful people ask a lot of questions. Here's how to use what you don't know to your advantage.

Asking the right questions can mean the difference between success and failure. Unfortunately, asking questions can also feel uncomfortable.

"It can be embarrassing to admit that you didn't understand what someone said, or that you don't get it," says Heidi Grant Halvorson, associate director of Columbia Business School’s Motivation Science Center and author of No One Understands You and What to Do About It. "You might fear it will make you look incompetent, but that’s not true. Research has found that people who are inquisitive are generally judged to be more intelligent and engaged." Read more: click image or title.




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#Questions are fundamental to the process of growth and change.

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How to Successfully Disrupt an Industry

How to Successfully Disrupt an Industry | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

It's not easy for a service provider to disrupt an industry. To some entrepreneurs, it might even be nerve-wracking to be benchmarked against "tried and true" solutions.

"It can be daunting to go after an industry that's been doing things one way for so many years," admits Marie Chevrier, the founder and CEO of Sampler. Her firm helps consumer packaged goods brands distribute product samples to customers via digital channels in a manner that is more targeted and measurable compared to "traditional" sampling tactics.

So how, then, do entrepreneurs successfully disrupt an industry? According to Chevrier, the key is to solve a problem for your customers and help them realize that just because they've been doing something the same way for decades, it's not necessarily the most effective way to tackle the problem. "You have to be ready to educate your clients on their pain point. How bad is the solution they're currently relying on, and how much easier or more effective can your own solution be?" Read more: click image or title.



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Thinking #out-of-the-box is a requirement for #disrupting the 'old ways'. Try it, not that easy, but eventually extremely rewarding.

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The Only Two Things You Need for Entrepreneurial Success

The Only Two Things You Need for Entrepreneurial Success | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

There’s a disease spreading throughout the United States among today’s aspiring entrepreneurs. It's called the “big idea syndrome.” Many people assume that all that separates them from business and financial success is one great idea.  Having worked with several entrepreneurs over the years, I have discovered that what distinguish a thriving business owner from one that is barely surviving isn’t more start-up capital, more talent or even access to more resources (though having these things does help). It’s perseverance and self-belief.

Njeri Rionge, co-founder of Wananchi Online, East Africa’s first mass market Internet service provider, has used this mind-set to become a pioneer in the IT industry, a position typically reserved for men. “I have no time to think about challenges,” Rionge told How We Made it in Africa magazine. Because I convert them, they stop being challenges. I have been at many points where I knew the cookie was about to crumble, but my focus was [that] it cannot crumble. Therefore, I focus on the upward movement.” Read more: click image or title.



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