The myth of self-made

There’s this myth that’s been around for a long long time – that the people who are at the top of their game, the best of the best, have all done it on their own.
That’s what people generally think is what self-made means.

Rarely, if ever, is that the whole truth.

In fact, if you dig deep into the lives of the peak performers, people who are the best of the best, nearly always will you see a recurring pattern: that they have a team of people behind them.

Having a team and coaches is so common that, in the arena of competitive sports anyway, you won’t even be considered for anything unless you have a team behind you.

The notion is catching up, slowly but surely, and permeating other fields and professions.
And that’s a great thing.
It’s about time we change this archaic notion of strength = not asking for or getting help.

If you have fallen into that way of thinking, understand that it is quite ok.
That’s an area I myself sometimes struggle with, so I know how easy it is to accept that as the truth.
But having people there for you, and with you, makes you anything but weak.

Having help does not make you weak.
Not having help does
So learn to ask for help.

Going it alone is fine, but it is better to have people with you – people who will help you, and push you, and accelerate your progress.

Just do this one thing

Here’s a question I want you to ask yourself today:
What one thing can you do today that your future self will thank you for?

The thing does not have to be huge.
But it does have to be impactful.
Think 80/20.

Success in life is rarely the result of huge, incredible feats.
What really matters are the small things that add up over time.

Most people get paralysed worrying about doing the “right” thing, or doing “big” things.
But the lack of action only holds you back, and will continue to do so until you decide against it.
Until you just start.

Don’t stop yourself from taking action thinking you need to do something massive.
Even doing one small thing that helps you to move forward is way better than doing nothing.
Just do something, anything, that will help you move forward.

Don’t overwhelm yourself.
Don’t overthink it.
Just do one thing today that your future self will thank you for.

Developing your idea muscle

James Altucher has a great daily habit: he comes up with at least 10 ideas daily.
Good and bad.

It’s a great habit.
The quality of the ideas are not as important as the quantity.
The whole point here is to exercise your idea muscle, and start building those neural networks.

Over time your ideas will get better.
Also, the more ideas you generate, the higher your likelihood of coming up with something with real potential.
At the end of the day it is a numbers game: the more ideas you come up with, the better the chances of coming up with great ideas.

Try it.
Everyday, work on coming up with at least 10 ideas.
Don’t limit yourself with how good the idea is, or how realistic or practical it is, just focus on coming up with as many ideas as possible, with a minimum of 10.

It’s good advice, one worth following.
It’s a great daily habit to develop.

Stretch your idea muscle.

The thing about innovation and creativity

Creativity and innovation are like conjoined twins…
You can’t have one without the other.

You want to be innovative?
You need to be creative.
And if you’re creative, you will be innovative.
See how that works?

What they both require is the ability to think outside the box.

Can you think outside the box?
If not, work on developing that skill.
If you want to be creative and innovative that is.

You can develop your creative side.
It is a skill, like any other.
The more you practice it, the better you’ll get at it.

Practice does make better… 👍

Innovation and creativity

Let’s talk about the correlation between innovation and creativity.
Because they are far more interlinked than you might think.
In fact, innovation doesn’t happen without creativity.

To innovate, you have to think outside the box.
And that doesn’t happen unless you are creative.

Now that might have got you stumped.
You might be thinking that you’re not creative (like a lot of people do).
But that’s actually not the case.
We all have creativity in us, it’s just a matter of exercising that muscle.

Thinking the way you have always done is not how you become creative.
Creativity happens when you start thinking outside the box.

So if you want to be creative, broaden your horizons.
Learn how to think outside the box.