If it looks stupid but works it ain’t stupid

How many times that you found yourself surrounded by negative people that seem to have one purpose in life which is to make you feel down and lose faith in your purpose?

In life there are 2 types of heroes: “The Preventer” and the “The Savior”.

Saviors are those who do the fire-fighting and do their best to save the day with the least damages possible…While Preventers are normally those who do their best to prevent problems from happening.

Unfortunately it’s very hard to determine if something was “definitely going to happen” but it’s very obvious to “see it happening”, So The Saviors often are the recognized ones and most popular while the preventers are mostly un-credited for their work which is sometimes more impact full and sometimes even harder than it looks.

With this logic in mind, when choosing to be the hero of your company, you may tend to look for the rewarding part, which is choosing what is recognized the most, now I must disagree with those who chose that path when they can actually do the opposite and truly “save the day”.

This week’s tip is dedicated to those who has the innovators & entrepreneurs’ spirit in them… regardless of what they do in their life.

People will tend to tell you that what you’re doing is stupid, until you prove them otherwise, but no matter what happen, do not lose faith in your purpose! because striving to satisfy others will only lead to losing self-respect in what you do and in who you are.

Focus on the result of your actions and the intention of your result and you’ll be just fine! at the end of the day most of what the greatest minds of our time did at their early days… was Stupid… But it Worked! and it Changed the World!

Have a great week,
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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

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You Only See What your Eyes Want to See

“It’s not what you don’t know that kills you, it’s what you know for sure that ain’t true.” ~ Mark Twain

You probably been in situations where you got stuck and ran out of ideas; you’ve been trying to solve an issue or a problem and you think too hard and you can’t seem to go anywhere with that… But after a while you just look at it Differently and you find the solution that has been sitting there all along!

One thing I’ve learned in my studies, is that Creativity is not something we are born with, but something we acquire, and it starts by noticing new ways and possibilities in every situation and in almost every scenario. Kids do that All the time, while grown-ups kinda “lost it”.

In this week’s tip, I’m going to make you try something first, it’s a very interesting experience, called the Monkey Business Illusion.

Watch the Video below and you’ll see what I mean 🙂

Incredible isn’t it!!! 

You see in Life we don’t see what we’re looking at… But instead, we see what we’re looking for! and by that, we truly miss NOTICING so many things 🙂

So the tip for this week, there it goes:

  • Lower your Fear of failure: by not looking for the failure in your potential successes
  • Be more aware of your surroundings, and the surroundings of your situations
  • Remember that what looks normal to the spider, is Chaos for the Fly 🙂

Cheers & Have a Nice week!
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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

The Secret to Innovation: Dance Like Nobody’s Watching!

“Sing like no one is listening,
Love like you’ve never been hurt,
Dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like it’s heaven on earth.”

~Mark Twain

In my pursuit of Finding Innovation, I’ve studied the trends and the essences of what made the great innovators of our times INNOVATIVE, what were the patterns, and how can they be replicated, and then I went deep down to analyse their dynamic behavior to the hope that I would find the secret…  

I also traveled around the Middle East & Africa, and worked closely with hundreds of Educators on the topics of Innovation in Learning & Teaching and noticed the same conclusion of what would constitute the secret of being “Innovative”.

Steve Jobs, didn’t believe in focus groups. Actually, he avoided them like the plague. Jobs believed in building great products that he would want to use himself.

Once you want to free your mind about a concept of harmony and music being correct, you can do whatever you want. So nobody told me what to do and there was no preconception of what to do.

~Giovanni Giorgio

So The Secret & Common Pattern that I Found in the heart of the great innovators of our times, is that they did things that they would want for themselves, music they would like to listen to, books they wanted to read, technology that would excite them… Without caring if the rest of the world will actually like it or not.

Our Tip for this week, is to find the essence of Innovation within you. So you can do the following 3 simple steps and repeat them as necessary 🙂

  1. Ask yourself this question: “If I was the Last person on Earth, and I wanted to use this product, What should it be like?” Think that you’re the last person on earth and there’s literally no one to judge your product, and no one else to use it.
  2. Think of it as a Legacy: if you’re going to leave this product for your children to use it after you do, what would you want them to think about it? don’t think too much, JUST MAKE IT AS GOOD AS IT CAN POSSIBLY BE!
  3. Frankenstein it 🙂 : Make your product ALIVE, in a way that it will continue being great without you being involved, whether it was an article, a book, a software, a technology or whatever it was… Bring your stroke of innovation to awaken it to change the world.

I Still remember the discussion I’ve had with my Editor when I was in the process of Publishing my first national Best selling book, when she was telling me that my writing style was too casual for a non-fiction book and there’s a risk that the audience not liking it… I smiled and told her that I’ve simply written it in the Style I would’ve loved to Read :); She did a great job afterwards preserving that touch .

Have a great week & Cheers,
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If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
–Henry Ford

Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

Strategy: When a Calculated Risk Meets an Educated Guess

There was one time during my travels, I was moderating an Executive round-table, the hotel meeting room was filled with high level executives from different leading companies of a particular industry, and we were all agreeing on a strategy to foster innovation on a national level.

Now for those who met me in person, knows that despite my young age already (I’m 34 by the time this article was written), I do look even younger! (which will certainly give me an advantage when I’m 50 🙂 … But unfortunately not now…). So I always “somehow” get hard times when I try to coach senior managers (who probably have grey hair) who keep telling me how their grandsons are almost my age; but I get comfortable slightly after the first 30 minutes where the echos of the appearance vanishes and we dive deeper.

That time, during the break, Couple of VPs from the workshop wanted to test my worth & knowledge and why have I got the title “Senior Strategist” and I charge so much while I’m still less than 35 yrs old. So they challenged me into Defining what Strategy was in 1 Sentence, and then Explaining it in 1 minute.

And this Week’s Tip, is about Understanding Strategy… Simply!

The Definition: Strategy is born when a calculated risk meets an educated guess

The Example: You can build a successful strategy with all its defining components using the same logic you would have when your mobile phone is Showing LOW Battery, and you’re about 1-2 hours away from any source of Charging Outlet; You Start by making educated guesses on what would your mobile be used for during that time with what actions you need to perform, along with calculating the possible risks of each action.

So Simply, here it goes, to make a strategy you can:

  • Focus on what you want to achieve
  • Make Educated Guesses on what you need to have/do in order for you to achieve it.
  • Calculate Potential Risks on what each guess could result into.

Voila! you just built yourself a Strategy 🙂

See you next Week!
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Strategy is born when a calculated risk meets an educated guess

~Samer Chidiac

 

Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project