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Common Misconceptions about Creativity

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Entrepreneurship is a complex career path that requires a specific skill set and attitude. From time management to bookkeeping, in most cases, these skills are natural talents that have been developed and nurtured over time. While the level of expertise in various sectors and fields is important for a successful entrepreneur or team of entrepreneurs, innovation, and creativity are the driving forces behind new ideas.

Entrepreneurship requires a combination of creative thinking and innovative approaches. Creativity stands for the skill or ability to use imagination and original ideas to create a new service, product, or solution. Creativity is the result of social and cultural factors and every individual impacted by those factors can reproduce the creative process.
Meanwhile, innovation stands for a method that focusses on finding solutions by improving existing products and practices. Innovation is the practical implementation of creativity.

Yet there are many myths and misconceptions about creativity.

Creativity means to create something from nothing
This is the same as saying that every entrepreneur must make an invention in order to be successful

Nothing comes out of the blue. Everything that we imagine is highly influenced by social, cultural, and other factors. Creative people tend to see things from a different point of view. They bring ideas together in a new way that no one yet managed to see through. The same rule applies to innovation. Long gone are the days of genius inventors. Entrepreneurs now focus on improving something by using what already exists. Despite the will to make a change, not everyone has the same access to knowledge, capacities, and financing, which are crucial to start a business. Hence, such a restriction doesn’t prevent creative people to offer a sustainable solution based on what they already have. This also debunks the myth that limitations harm creativity.

Creativity takes time,  and I don’t have any

Being busy all day with something doesn’t mean that one is accomplishing a specific goal. But if someone takes the time to practice creative thinking in daily activities, the process becomes methodical. Creativity requires time means that it has to be nurtured over time.

Creativity is about art
No, it isn’t. Even though many link creativity to artistic expression, it is the ability that every person has for creating new ideas that can be implemented almost in every sector related to human activity from art to science and beyond.

Inspiration or a muse can trigger creativity
Where art thou, Muse . . .
More than an inspiring muse or epiphany, creativity is a long-term process that includes ongoing learning, hard/smart work, curiosity, experimentation, determination, and zeal. All these together generate an idea that seems to come out in a flash.

I’m not the creative type or creativity is a trait of a few people born with it
How do you know that?
Hard work and commitment are more related to creativity than talent. The time spent training or working on something will shape that special skill. Being creative is fun. Don’t deny yourself this.

You can’t teach creativity
Everybody has a creative potential that can be harnessed through activities at home, at work, or at any other place.

Creativity belongs to the solitary people
You can’t do anything by yourself. Many forms of creativity depend on collaborative work. Young entrepreneurs know what this means. If they insist on doing everything by themselves, at some point they will miss the big picture for some small time-consuming task.

Creativity and innovation go hand in hand and are essential for a successful entrepreneurial mindset. You can further fuel your enthusiasm for entrepreneurial knowledge by taking the free online training provided by the Entrepreneurship Campus. If the lessons help you think about an innovative idea, you’re still in time to join our competitions.

 

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  1. This article reminds me so much about the free online course(s) in the Entrepreneurship Campus about recombination. Recombination is the art of combining different ideas with new one into creating an innovative solution(s).

    Entrepreneurship is the art and science of innovation and risk-taking for profit in business. The same is true for creativity. Creativity is the ability to use imagination to produce a novel idea or product that is useful to society or put another way, it is the ability to invent or create something new. Thus, entrepreneurship and creativity go hand-in-hand. It is pertinent to say through creative thinking, a business owner can progress his/her business through constant creativity by thinking outside the box in making his/her business more profitable.

  2. This article reminds me so much about the free online course(s) in the Entrepreneurship Campus about recombination. Recombination is the art of combining different ideas with new one into creating an innovative solution(s).

    To second this write-up, Entrepreneurship is the art and science of innovation and risk-taking for profit in business. The same is true for creativity. Creativity is the ability to use imagination to produce a novel idea or product that is useful to society or put another way, it is the ability to invent or create something new. Thus, entrepreneurship and creativity go hand-in-hand. It is pertinent to say through creative thinking, a business owner can progress his/her business through constant creativity by thinking outside the box in making his/her business more profitable.

  3. In view of this article I remember a lot of the free online courses of the Entrepreneurship Campus on recombination. Good Good

  4. This article reminds me Ephraim Essien ( 2019 Youth Entrepreneurship Entrant) with idea title (Green Ribbon) want to say that much about the free online course(s) in the Entrepreneurship Campus about recombination, harmony and synergy.

    I want all other intersection of entrepreneurs to know that, A melody, after all, can only be created in the silence in between the notes!

    hus, entrepreneurship and creativity go hand-in-hand. It is pertinent to say through creative thinking, a business owner can progress his/her business

  5. Once i read that a startup needs 6 team members; that is;
    the creative one / idea generator
    the innovator
    the visionary
    the doer
    the connector
    the taskmaster

    For a while i kept thinking innovation and creativity are more or less the same and used interchangeably but no. Thank you for educating me through this detailed insight.

  6. This is very true, before creating my idea, I was troubled because I used to think that I had to invent something new. But soon I realized that I can be inspired by previous ideas or that I could innovate in another way, with new techniques. The online campus training has taught me a lot on this. Thank you.

  7. Wow, creativity is not taught and it can be done collaborative work.

  8. the articles reminds me about recombining in the lesson i took in entrepreneurship campus

    entrepreneuressien (2019 Entrant Best Idea Category)

  9. Adeosun Oluwatosin

    19.07.2019 · Reply

    Invention as defined by Thomas Edison is the “creation of a product or introduction of a process for the first time.”

    Innovation happens when someone “improves on or makes a significant contribution” to something that has already been invented.

    Uber Taxi has proven that with INNOVATION we can improve the existing products.

    DHL has proven that with INNOVATION we can achieve outstanding result if only we are ready to be INNOVATIVE in our thinking.

  10. So many beautiful things have been conveyed via this blog.
    Even 71% of most college students demand to sit in a creative thinking class, which I believe is no far available in universities.
    I think it should not be separated from the education system, along with academic classes, it should be taught emerging in full-fledged math-science etc. classes.

  11. Entrepreneurship requires a combination of creative thinking and innovative approaches. Creativity stands for the skill or ability to use imagination and original ideas to create a new service, product, or solution. Creativity is the result of social and cultural factors and every individual impacted by those factors can reproduce the creative process.
    Meanwhile, innovation stands for a method that focuses on finding solutions by improving existing products and practices. Innovation is the practical implementation of creativity.

    But i want All Campus members to realize that Creativity is number one key we need in this entrepreneurship journey. Take it or leave it!!

    entrepreneur essien (2019 Entrant on Best Ideas Category)” Let us embrace Creativity now!!

  12. Creativity can be seen in the reserve book called “Gift” by Lewis

    entrepreneur-essien (2019 Innovative Young Entrant in Best Idea Category)

  13. Gunter Faltin declared: ” Entrepreneurship is not a calling for the selected few. Creative work and economic self-realization are goals that anyone pursue. Learn how to create your own “idea-masterpiece” as a collage or puzzle made from existing pieces, and construct your own company channels of opportunity for many. This is is comment.

    I share this my skills and entrepreneurship knowledge I intuitively gain from this book “Brains and Capital” to the entire Campus Members of 2019, so that we can congregate and acts in concert. By entrepreneur-essien Best Idea Category”

  14. wow, I feel so lucky to be part of this educative team and this article agree with what we learned on online training, creativity is the driver of innovative. And one should real think outside the box to improve the existing product.

  15. I want my fellow entrepreneurs to embrace the book “Brains versus Capital” and learn the teaching approach from Prof. Faltin’s theoretical concept based on the tea campaign, personally, I have learned entrepreneurship skills from it and want other members to join me now in concert.

  16. Even Lewis Hyde book talked about creativity

  17. With creativity, I realized that our lesson three – seven techniques to discovering our entrepreneur design will be a reality, campus members take it or leave it.

  18. Though Professor Gunter Faltin and Lisa Lang inspired and stirred me, yet my 2019 entrepreneurship job now is to brush up others ideas, ignites entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, supports, recommendations and as well as touching and saving millions of lives in Nigeria through Green Ribbon Initiatives.
    By Ephraim Essien (2019 Best Ideas Category) Titled: Green Ribbon (Creating Change – Enriching Lives)

  19. I am truly honored to be with you. I would especially like to start with thanks to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition members for your caring and for putting in the work that you do. I hope I will be able to contribute to your work by sharing an understanding of the very profound historical transformation the world is going through, and that we are all trying to serve. That is the transformation from the agricultural world, which produced very small surplus that only allowed very few people to be players, to a world where everyone has to be changemaker. If you imagine 5, 10, 15 years ahead in the context where the rate of change is accelerating logarithmically after 12,000 years of being relatively flat, you can just imagine how cruel it is for anyone not to be a changemaker.

  20. So I hope I will be able to expand on that insight: how is this happening; what are the barriers; what are some of the key answers to those barriers; and then move on to what the implications of this change are for us as individuals, for others we care about, for the institutions we are a part of, and ultimately of course for society.

  21. Before doing that I would like to introduce two social entrepreneurs to you very concretely because social entrepreneurship is very much at the cutting edge of this revolution and understanding of it is important. It will also help explain where our understanding comes from.

  22. Ashoka has roughly 2,500 of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs on every continent and every subject matter as our core community. These Ashoka Fellows are role models and mass recruiters of changemakers, which is key for their success.

  23. Let me start this part—what is a leading social entrepreneur—by asking you a question. What is the most powerful force in the world? I think it is pretty clear that it is a major pattern-changing idea, but only if it’s in the hands of an entrepreneur. It’s that combination that moves the world more than anything else. So let me then challenge you to see some of the patterns as I introduce these two stories.

  24. The first story is about Mary Gordon. Mary is a Canadian. She was elected a Fellow just short of three years ago. She saw a problem in the classes she was teaching in the public schools in Toronto. There was increasing number of children who could only respond to another child who made them uncomfortable with aggression, which of course invited aggression back from the other child, and you can predict where all that was leading. Every time a child went through that cycle the pattern would get deeper, and the probability of that child not being able to function in a world that requires a high level of skill in dealing with others increased. And of course the probability of the school being dysfunctional increased. Because Mary is an entrepreneur, she gave herself permission to see a problem that was obvious but no one was seeing. This is a clue as to one of the first patterns. Entrepreneurs give themselves permission to see and to think and to act.

  25. If you are an entrepreneur, you don’t want to solve it just for the children in your class. You want to change the whole society. Well, how do you change the education system? Everywhere in the world, it is notorious for not being the most innovative or fast-moving sector. So she knew it had to be a very simple idea. I’ll jump ahead to the results. Three years later, she’s gone from 2 schools to 2,000 schools in Canada; New Zealand has adopted the idea; and she has been approached by the Government of Japan for help.

  26. What is her idea? She asks only for one hour a month for 8 months of a class, and the younger the children the better. She brings an infant less than one year old, plus mom, plus a green blanket. The infant is the professor. The infant sits on the green blanket. The students have the responsibility, not the teacher, for figuring out what the professor is saying and later what the professor is feeling. You can imagine the children get into this very quickly. It has a huge impact. The Canadians actually have a measurement system for bullying. After those 8 hours, bullying rates come down and stay down. You could see that this is an idea and approach that could work anywhere in the world and Mary is out to make it work everywhere in the world. So that’s Case One.

  27. The second case is Rodrigo Baggio, who is a Brazilian. He loves computers like all people of his generation, but unlike most of his peers he went into the slums, the favelas behind where he lived and he saw that the young people there, although highly motivated, were being left completely behind. This is before there was a phrase “the digital divide.” As an entrepreneur, he saw patterns that were not the patterns of the stereotypes. He saw that the communities were competent, that they could organize, and that these were good people. He also saw that the students had plenty of motivation and they could learn if they were trusted to learn. His model for addressing the problem, the digital divide, asks the communities to do 95% of the work, to organize the space, to raise the money, to organize recruitment of students, and to hire the teachers. All he had to do is provide the software, some training and some old computers.

  28. With that simple insight, here is the curve of the growth of his organization in terms of number of students graduating. As you can see, it’s gone off the top of the chart 3 years ago. He is now in 15 countries in Latin America and Asia. I chose this example in part because he actually came to Japan and has demonstrated his work here because for Asia he needed Japan to provide the supply of second hand computers.

  29. Now let me tell you a story about Rodrigo. He is about 6’7” tall and about 3 inches wide. He arrived in Washington in his 20’s with this idea. His English was to say the least spotty, and he walked into the Inter-American Development Bank and said, “Please give me your computers,” and they gave him their old computers, which were very valuable. Then he went to the Brazilian Air Force and said, “You have warehouses because you buy all these military equipment from the U.S. Let me store my computers for free at your warehouse. By the way, would you please fly these computers to Brazil for free for me?” This was a time Brazil was in the middle of what they call the informatics policy. Brazil was going to make its own computers and so no computers were supposed to come in. Well these masses of computers sailed through customs. Now, what is going on here? Could you walk into the Japanese Air Force and ask them to do this for you? I would have a little trouble with the American Air Force, I can tell you.

  30. The heart of this is that when he was sitting and talking with the senior officials at the Inter-American Development Bank, they sort of heard the words that the transaction was going on at a much deeper level, which gets to the heart of what an entrepreneur is. They sensed that Rodrigo was completely married to this idea, and they knew that they could trust Rodrigo. They knew that he was a person of very good ethical fiber. That’s the transaction. Every entrepreneur is always asking people to do completely unreasonable things in conventional terms, and people do them because they know of that marriage and they trust the person.

  31. These two examples I think will give you a sense of what a social entrepreneur is and what some of the characteristics are. If you were an Ashoka nominator or on the selection panel, we would train you in these qualities. Is there a new idea that will change the pattern in the field at least on a continental level? If not, it’s not worth the time.

  32. Then there are four other qualities. First, is the person creative in goal setting and problem solving? Second, are they entrepreneurial? Are they unable to stop unless they have changed the whole society in an important way? That means they focus on the how-to’s as much as the vision, and they are open to listening to anything that needs to be changed and intuitively over time they keep changing it until it works. Third, once the idea has been demonstrated—once Mary has done this in two schools—will other people say, “Oh, that’s a really good idea. Let me try that?” Does the idea have legs, and if so, how far will it go? And finally, ethical fiber is absolutely critical, and that’s the last part of the story about Rodrigo.

  33. We do an evaluation of the results at the end of 5 years. Once Fellows have had a chance to have an impact, 97% are continuing full time pursuing their vision, 90% have had independent institutions copy their idea, and over half have already changed national policy. That last measure is more significant than it seems because a lot of Fellows do not need to change national policy to succeed.

  34. The point of this is we have to use judgment in making these choices. Our field is constantly being pressurized to make the mistake that business made of becoming too numbers focused. That is a mistake we don’t want to make. This is discipline judgment: 5 steps, different people, and clear criteria. We are able to get these results year after year in over 70 countries in every imaginable subject matter and they are very stable.

  35. Now, with that, let me expand on what I said before. An individual who is not able to cause change in a world where change is the dominant factor is not going to be a player. You may be a highly trained engineer or a doctor, but if you don’t know how to deal with change you’re going to be at sea increasingly year by year. And more importantly, what is the thing that people want to do in life more than anything else? We want to give and receive love and respect. That’s not something you do in theory; its something you do in action, and change-making is the highest level—the highest opportunity to give love and respect. If you don’t have the ability to do that, how much have we deprived you of? What is wrong with the society that says only a few people are going to be brought up and given the tools to be changemakers? What is wrong with us in managing our institutions that way? This is a huge transition we have to make, and this is the essential challenge.

  36. It’s the same thing with institutions. We now have millions of institutions and every one of them has to change or they will die. There is a huge competition for the limited supply of changemakers, which is one of the reasons income distributions are getting worse and worse all over the world. Ironically that means that the institutions become more hierarchical because they’re so dependent on the few people with those skills. This doesn’t work for individuals or institutions. We have to make it to an everyone a changemaker world. This is a completely different world than the world of the last 12,000 years. We have to manage differently at all levels, and that’s a challenge for everyone.

  37. Let me ask you a second question. What is the key factor for success for any human institution? The advantages of technology and marketing are getting shorter and shorter and shorter. Their half lives are shrinking as the rate of change accelerates. The one sustainable key factor for success is the proportion of changemakers in a community. That’s true for a company, a city, a country, or an ethnic group. Think ahead 5 or 10 years with that logarithmically increasing rate of change. If any institution you are a part of or care about is not moving in this direction, it is in trouble.

  38. How do we get from here to there? The leading social entrepreneurs are absolutely critical. They are role models. Every leading social entrepreneur has to have thousands of people take their idea and run with it. Rodrigo could not succeed in having a million plus people coming out of these schools right now if he had not persuaded hundreds and thousands of people and all these different countries, all these different slums to say “Rodrigo’s idea works. I’m going to stand up and do it.” They are local changemakers. They become role models. Some of them will become the next generation of major entrepreneurs. So that’s a very core mechanism.

  39. What is the single biggest barrier of getting from here to there? It’s how we treat young people. Elite young people have always been treated in a different way from everyone else. Certainly when I was growing up, I got the message that I was going to be a competent person. I was encouraged to take initiative. That is not what happens to most young people. Whether in the classroom, work, sports, or extracurricular activities, the message is, “We adults are in charge of everything, thank you. You’re pretty irresponsible and incompetent. Stay out of the way.” Now it’s the same debilitating message that colonial people got, that women used to get, that in the United States the African Americans used to get before the civil rights movement.

  40. Mary’s example is the first step. You are going to have children be marginalized for life unless they master applied empathy. No one wants to play with someone who is going to cause harm. It doesn’t matter what technical skill they have, they’re out of the game. By the time children become young people, which is roughly 12, they then have to move on and master the next level, which is empathy, teamwork and leadership together. You don’t master these things in theory. You can’t read a book. You have to actually do it. This is like riding a bicycle except much more complex.

  41. How many young people have the experience that they are encouraged, they’re shown role models, they’re helped to have their own idea, build their own organization and leave their middle school or high school changed initiating a tutoring service, a dance academy, a virtual radio station or whatever? We know that almost all the Ashoka Fellows around the world had that experience as teenagers.

  42. We are building a movement which is very powerful and very simple. You can find out more about it at Youth Venture.org or care of the Ashoka site. The goal is to have 20% of all young people in the world have this experience. That means that we will have a work force that’s 20% changemakers 10 years from now.

  43. So what is the relevancy of this historical change? This is the most wonderful career to move into. We’re growing jobs at 3 times the rate of the rest of the economy. Just to give you a couple of statistics: in Brazil we grew from 5,000 citizen groups to a million from 1980 to 2000. In the OECD countries we are growing jobs as I said at 3 times the rate. In Germany we are the only sector that is net growing jobs since 1990, while business and government are shrinking. This is happening because the citizen sector has become as entrepreneurial and competitive as business. It’s catching up very quickly with business. So this is a great career, congruent with values, fast growth, wonderful colleagues, and almost no glass ceilings because the demand is so much greater than the supply. It is obviously a huge opportunity, not only for yourself but also for other people you may know.

  44. Second, think about the young people you know: the 12 year olds to 14 year olds. Are they being powerful now? Think about your niece or your nephew. If they aren’t, you should be worried about that as much as you would be if they were not mastering math or language, because this is actually more important. That’s an immediate relevancy as I’m sure everyone here cares about at least one young person. Ask yourself if that young person is being powerful, that is, being a changemaker now.

  45. Third, think about the institutions you care about. Take business. You have a large citizen’s sector that’s now entrepreneurial and competitive, and it is growing much faster than business. Ashoka is now working in five different industries to demonstrate that when you take a business system that has worked separately from social system for three centuries, and you put the strong parts of each together, everyone benefits dramatically. The companies that are doing this, for example, are Lafarge and Cemex in the building area. We’re doing this for urban construction, rural irrigation, insurance, timber etc. Well, this is only the beginning of the changes that are going to happen. Also, in Government, where are the new ideas going to come from? How are you going to change the system? This is your natural ally, and you could help with that.

  46. Then finally, this is obviously profoundly important for society. If you think that the problems are outrunning the solutions, you may well be right. But once we get to everyone a changemaker world, that can’t possibly be the case, because when something is stuck, everyone, everywhere is going to change it like smart white blood cell. Some people will say, “Boy this sounds very chaotic. Everyone a changemaker—how is that ever going to work?” I think this is something this group in particular would understand intuitively. People want to express love and respect in action, and we can trust them to be a changemaker for the good. We’ve got to help build the institutional arrangements to make that possible. That’s the management challenge of the moment. The people want to be contributors. And if we can let them, we have a great future and that’s what I think we’re all working on together.

  47. Thank you all campus members for sharing with me, do not forget my job is to educate every members globally on entrepreneurship education, so learn the stories from Mary and Rodrigo entrepreneurs stories as well as using them to design your ideas and projects well, i am brushing you all now bye

  48. Great! It’s very educative. Creativity and innovation.
    Thank you.

  49. In Germany, in a meeting with a conventional start-up adviser, the would-be founder brings the idea; the idea, so to speak, is simply “there.” In the Laboratory, on the other hand, the idea is questioned, examined, refined. Like a sculptor, a founder can work the raw material and create an intellectual abstraction that reflects not only the concerns of the “artist” more clearly and more precisely, but that also develops a better view of the market. It is important to work out something that’s “a better fit,” something that dovetails with the personality of the founder, something that “feels” better to him or her than the initial idea.

  50. In each case, we try to figure out what will truly engage the participant over the long term: what reflects his inclinations and desires, even those desires of which he might not be fully conscious. The method is akin to Frithjof Bergmann’s concept of New Work, where the question posed is: “What do we really, really want?” Thus the goal is not simply to accept the idea and then address possible steps to implement it, but rather to treat the initial idea as the raw material whose potential still needs to be explored.

  51. Our desires
    are intimations of the capabilities
    that lie within us.
    They are the heralds of what
    we will be able to achieve.
    JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

  52. In this sense, the initial idea is only a heading, a first indication of where we can start looking for the ingredients that should ultimately yield an idea concept. I regard it as the modeling clay out of which you can create many forms. Accordingly, it is not uncommon that the discussion with the prospective founder takes a turn which that person does not expect. Although she is often convinced that she is at the end of the idea process and is already thinking about its implementation, I try to get a feel for whether she herself has actually considered the perspectives that have opened up with her idea. Following such a discussion, it is not uncommon that the founder ends up with ideas totally different from those she originally came with. The job of a consultant is not to give answers, but to ask lots of questions, especially questions that open up new perspectives. The founder must find the answers for himself. It has to be his own intellectual baby, not an idea from the consultant or one triggered by the funding guidelines.

  53. In a world of constant change, good questions
    are the real scarcity. .
    Bad questions assign blame,
    change living processes
    into black-and-white phenomena,
    cement things into clichés,
    belittle the complexity of the world.
    On the other hand, good questions open things up.
    MATTHIAS HORX

  54. Starting a new restaurant is a textbook example I am fond of using. A potential founder comes with an idea: “I’d like to launch a restaurant featuring Egyptian cuisine.” A conventional business consultant would then ask about everything that’s important for operating a restaurant. For example, the competitive situation, or the founder’s competence in the areas important for running a restaurant. Implementation will be the focus here – to open a restaurant, you need money for decorating the premises, for a decent bar, and for the kitchen. Thus the question of capital comes up relatively soon.

  55. The next problems are finding a good location and suitable staff for the restaurant. Now the founder is preoccupied by three things – his capital requirements, finding a suitable location, and selecting the appropriate personnel. The idea of an Egyptian restaurant now plays only a secondary role. It can be anticipated that the concept of the restaurant, if realized, will at best consist of only a few specific interior design elements; perhaps the chairs will be reminiscent of a pharaoh’s throne, or a few pictures of Luxor may hang on the walls.

  56. In spite of what appeared to be appropriate planning, which considered a variety of aspects, there’s still a high degree of risk in this type of start-up. A lot of capital is required, and much advance preparation is needed, all of which will require financing. In addition, there are high operating costs like rent, interest and personnel. Unless there are a lot of customers immediately, as well as over the long term, there’s a danger that this start-up will end up the same way that many other restaurants have ended up in the past. As far as the likelihood of survival goes, it’s like placing bets in a casino – in both cases, the chances of success are statistically low. I put all my money on Red 19 and fervently hope it wins. If my restaurant doesn’t work out, then I’ll lose all of my own money, my borrowed capital, and all my work will have been in vain. I call this launching a business à la Roulette. Not recommended.

  57. My methodology is different. I start with the initial idea and ask the would-be founder probing questions: ”Why do you want to run a restaurant? Because you like to be with people? Because you like to cook? Because you want to run your own business? Because you have pleasant associations with Egypt? Because you are fascinated by Upper Egypt?” His answers give me an initial sense of why the founder came up with this idea at all. Depending on his answers, I follow up with more relevant questions.

  58. If, for example, his answer was, “I like to be with people,” my next questions would be “What do you find attractive about that? What role would you like to play? In what situations do you feel most comfortable with people? What kind of people would you like to surround yourself with? Are you single? Married? What are your hobbies?” If the founder replies, “I am very interested in Egypt,” I would continue with my questions, “What was it that attracted you? Was it the people, the culture, the history, the food, the climate, the exotic history surrounding the pyramids and the pharaohs?”

  59. What’s important to me is to find out what motivates the potential founder and what was behind her original idea. Certainly you can imagine that it’s possible to follow up on each line of questioning with many more questions. Ultimately you’ll have an initial framework that will be on a solid footing because it’s based on the inclinations, talents, desires and passions of the person in question, an approach that can tap the hidden energies of that individual.

  60. Nonetheless it is a relatively open framework, and it still needs many pieces of the puzzle in the form of information, contacts and assessments of the potentialities before we will have built a durable edifice that can stand up to the storms of changing fashion, imitators, established competitors and bureaucratic hurdles, as well as the many other obstacles, both expected and unexpected, that inevitably arise when you start a new venture.

  61. Thus it is not an inspiration or a sudden epiphany that makes for a good entrepreneurial design. It is based on systematic work — the more, the better. Only when the entrepreneurial design addresses as many aspects as possible would I recommend a start-up. In my experience it is often the case that introspection or a closer examination into one’s own as well as the customers’ desires are more promising than chasing trends or opportunities.

  62. If you want to do something really interesting and revolutionary,
    learn to ignore your customers.
    Most customers function like rear view mirrors.
    They are extremely conservative and boring,
    lack imagination
    and don’t know their own minds.
    RIDDERSTRÅLE & NORDSTRÖM
    in: Funky Business: Talent makes capital dance

  63. The verdict is that it’s much too fast to go from initial idea directly into business administration implementation. The potential created by working through the initial idea into a well-thought-out and mature entrepreneurial design should not be neglected.

  64. There are painters who make a yellow spot out of the sun.
    But there are others who through their artistry and intelligence
    make the sun out of a yellow spot.
    PABLO PICASSO

  65. This book is not the place to describe techniques for improving one’s creativity. There are hundreds of books on the subject with many useful recommendations; but please permit me a few remarks.

  66. The American doctor, psychiatrist and author Frederick Flach points out that the creative act is not something that comes out of thin air; rather, it re-arranges already existing facts, ideas and systems, combining them with one another.

  67. The capacity for creativity in many people has become stunted, whether it’s because the environment in which they grew up disapproved of creativity and originality, or because they were molded by a school system that promoted intellectual conformity, or because they worked in organizations that didn’t permit any imagination in structuring their own activities.

  68. Another source of inhibition lies in the erroneous notion that you must have a unique talent for creativity. In contrast to this, Flach emphasizes that the ability to think and act creatively is a universal human strength. The author cites two important rules that I, too, have found to be reinforced again and again in my workshops. First, at the start you must postpone your own judgment, and second, quantity results in quality.

  69. Of course it goes against the grain to hold back criticisms during the search for ideas and simply to develop as many ideas as possible, especially ideas that might at the start seem unrealistic and illogical. But it is precisely these two rules that are important, because the ideas that come to us first are usually stereotypical and do not bring us as far along as the ideas that will come to us later.

  70. All of us have a tendency, both regarding our own ideas as well as the ideas of others, not to let them stand, but instead, after they have barely been articulated, to immediately analyze and criticize them. The arguments might indeed be very good ones, but they will block the development of new and better ideas.

  71. Anyone who studies creativity in depth will be confronted with a profusion of theories, methods and techniques. Over the years I have worked out seven techniques for developing successful idea concepts.

  72. They are selected from an almost infinite number of techniques that are known, and in my opinion they are especially suitable for the subject of entrepreneurial idea development. I have tried to give them names that are as simple as possible, so please don’t be put off by how elementary they sound. A technique is not made better by giving it a pretentious or cryptic name.

  73. These days imitation and arbitrage are less suitable for start-ups. Why? Because information is no longer available only to you. It’s public knowledge that’s accessible to all. Generally others will be quicker than you are due to the instant dissemination of market prices, e.g., on the Internet, or international trend scouts who are on the lookout for market opportunities for large companies, not to mention the big budgets that the major players invest in imitating successful business models.

  74. Commonly imitation and arbitrage, that is, the transfer of successful models that already exist in a region or other country, are two approaches that initially sound reasonable and were successful for a long time.

  75. While you’re still fiddling with your web page, a giant competitor with concentrated market strength may already be offering the product for sale. To be sure, you can attack the big guys, but not in the areas of arbitrage or imitation.

  76. I urge all campus members to answer these questions as they will guide us to making a better informed decision.
    What new entity can I create out of the many components that already exist? Whether this new business will require premises, whether it will need a staff, and what resources will be necessary –all these are questions for us to answer.

  77. “The creative adult is the child who survived.” — Ursula Leguin

  78. The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” — Dieter F. Uchtdorf

  79. Simon Sinek
    Those who know WHAT they do tend to work harder. Those who know WHY tend to work smarter.

  80. Peter Drucker
    There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.

    If you examined all the activities that are done in a business, you might be surprised at what you find. There will be a number that just isn’t adding any value at all. The worst part is that these non-value-adding activities are often deeply entrenched in the ‘way things are done around here’. Becoming more efficient around redundant tasks is like watering a fake flower – it provides no reward for effort.

    Businesses (and individuals within businesses) should do regular audits of all activities by asking three key questions:

    Why do we do this?
    Is this valuable? (and if not, consider scrapping it)
    Is there a different approach that will deliver greater value?
    A business with 100 employees will complete upwards of 192,000 hours of work a year. If this business shed two hours (~5%) a week of non-value-adding activity for each employee then you would gain 9600 hours for redistribution. If focused in the right areas, imagine the difference that time could make.
    I urge all campus members to go through this.

  81. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

    The Greek philosopher ‘Anonymous’ is right on the money. Look back on any business venture that failed to deliver intended results and you will find poor planning is often front and centre.

    In fact, research on 750 bankruptcies during a 25-year period showed that the number one factor behind these failures was bad strategy. Bad strategy is often the result of poor or insufficient planning.

    The most successful businesses dedicate substantial amounts of leadership time on improving the quality of plans as they understand that one minute spent in proper planning can save 10 minutes in execution.

  82. As an active vanguard in Entrepreneurship Campus 2019, one of my ninety four key nuggets to illuminate campus path is not only igniting the entrepreneurship designs and spirit of collaboration among my fellow members, but also supporting, giving recommendations to their ideas and projects in order to further improve so that they will be able to turn into fruition in the market.
    Myself entrepreneurship mission is to bring smiles to the world and stillness in my heart while my entrepreneurship job is simply to educates campus members about the DARJEELING TEA GARDEN MAP that twenty five province at Himalayan among the sixty nine are where the plantation of the Darjeeling tea are been planted and they are identified by plant at the side and one of them is Samabeong and I am fostering and amplifying entrepreneurship education across campus intuitively now and with no string attached to it. I learned this in Brains versus Capital by Professor Gunter Faltin.
    Please vote for me now by clicking https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/16245 and put your email and click on vote and open your email immediately and clink on the link and scroll down and click vote now, Thank You All
    Green Ribbon Entrepreneurship Initiative is an innovative project aiming to create a balance between health, economic, social and environmental with intersection of my key team which include doctors and surgeons, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, therapists, environmentalists and social workers through key goals 3 and 15 and my entrepreneurship

  83. As an active vanguard in Entrepreneurship Campus 2019, one of my ninety four key nuggets to illuminate campus path is not only igniting the entrepreneurship designs and spirit of collaboration among my fellow members, but also supporting, giving recommendations to their ideas and projects in order to further improve so that they will be able to turn into fruition in the market.
    Myself entrepreneurship mission is to bring smiles to the world and stillness in my heart while my entrepreneurship job is simply to educates campus members about the DARJEELING TEA GARDEN MAP that twenty five province at Himalayan among the sixty nine are where the plantation of the Darjeeling tea are been planted and they are identified by plant at the side and one of them is Seeyok and I am fostering and amplifying entrepreneurship education across campus intuitively now and with no string attached to it. I learned this in Brains versus Capital by Professor Gunter Faltin.
    Please vote for me now by clicking https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/16245 and put your email and click on vote and open your email immediately and clink on the link and scroll down and click vote now, Thank You All
    Green Ribbon Entrepreneurship Initiative is an innovative project aiming to create a balance between health, economic, social and environmental with intersection of my key team which include doctors and surgeons, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, therapists, environmentalists and social workers through key goals 3 and 15 and my entrepreneurship

  84. Would anyone ever come upon the idea to teach sports in such a way that the only thing analyzed
    would be the participants’ desire to win? And then to do this using mathematical formulas? With the
    result that there would no longer be any competition included in the study of physical education, but
    only mathematics? You laugh? What is taught about competition between companies follows this
    precise model – starting from the assumption of profit maximization, this formulaic approach with its
    mathematical models marches into the foreground. It is scarcely possible to find any contact with the
    living subject embedded in reality. Economics becomes marketing, finance, organization, bookkeeping
    and accounting. This is the way the cadaver is dissected. The different motives and characteristics of the
    persons involved no longer exist.

  85. The study of economics from a single perspective diminishes the subject. This is not a matter of whether
    profit maximization or mathematical formulas are good or bad. The only aspect of interest here is the
    (unplanned) consequence that not only is the fascination for the subject of economics – which is so
    central to our society – lost for most students, but it is also lost for the many who would like to use it as
    a tool.

  86. Now in life it is not unprecedented that someone is called to the very field of endeavor that he had
    previously criticized so harshly. When a few years later I received an invitation to teach at a university, I
    swore I would teach economics differently. And how could one do this better than by the example of
    founding a company?

  87. Me — an entrepreneur? In those days it was difficult to bring these words across my lips. And how to
    achieve this, pray tell? To get started, don’t you need a patent, plenty of capital and, above all, solid
    economic tools?
    That was, in any event, the prevailing wisdom….

  88. The Tea Campaign as a Case Study
    The concept of the Tea Campaign did not develop overnight. At the beginning it was not at all certain
    whether the project would involve tea or some other business. I had no firm notions what “my”
    company would look like. At the beginning my only goal was to combine academic theory with hands-on
    entrepreneurial practice

  89. Economists may prefer to explain this paradigm change through the theory of transaction costs. In the
    past, in light of the high transaction costs it made sense to keep most activities within the company.
    These days, however, because of increasing specialization and the low cost of communications, you can
    take advantage of pre-existing components outside the company.

  90. Creativity is one of the cornerstones of the Virgin brand. Our success has been defined by our ability to take a step back from problems, and reimagine them to in turn see new, original solutions. And we’re not alone. If you take a look at history, the businesses and change-makers that stand out are those that haven’t just added to the game, but instead reinvented it.
    I encourage all campus members to always think

  91. Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Co

  92. Creativity – or thinking differently, as we like to say within the Virgin Group – has moved our brand from mail order records to space travel. Had we not embraced creative ideas, we would have more than likely gone out of business when the iPod changed the music industry.

  93. The companies that are doing this, for example, are Lafarge and Cemex in the building area. We’re doing this for urban construction, rural irrigation, insurance, timber etc. Well, this is only the beginning of the changes that are going to happen. Also, in Government, where are the new ideas going to come from? How are you going to change the system? This is your natural ally, and you could help with that.

  94. Then finally, this is obviously profoundly important for society. If you think that the problems are outrunning the solutions, you may well be right. But once we get to everyone a changemaker world, that can’t possibly be the case, because when something is stuck, everyone, everywhere is going to change it like smart white blood cell. Some people will say, “Boy this sounds very chaotic.

  95. Everyone a changemaker—how is that ever going to work?” I think this is something this group in particular would understand intuitively. People want to express love and respect in action, and we can trust them to be a changemaker for the good. We’ve got to help build the institutional arrangements to make that possible. That’s the management challenge of the moment. The people want to be contributors. And if we can let them, we have a great future and that’s what I think we’re all working on together.
    Thank you.

  96. 7. It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.
    Moliere
    8. If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
    Francis Bacon

  97. 9. How many theorems in geometry which have seemed at first impracticable are in time successfully worked out!
    Archimedes

  98. You cannot teach a person something he does not already know, you can only bring what he does know to his awareness.
    Galileo Galilei
    10. If others would think as hard as I did, then they would get similar results.
    Isaac Newton

  99. 11. The chief cause of human errors is to be found in the prejudices picked up in childhood.
    Rene Descartes
    12. Rules for Happiness something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.
    Immanuel Kant

  100. Bill Drayton
    I am truly honored to be with you. I would especially like to start with thanks to the Youth Entrepreneurship Campus members for your caring and for putting in the work that you do. I hope I will be able to contribute to your work by sharing an understanding of the very profound historical transformation the world is going through, and that we are all trying to serve

  101. The effort’s synergy from international community, governments, NGO and civil
    society will welcome and celebrate the differences that make our planet
    such varied and richly
    human experience, guiding us to the welfare and progress in a unique and remarkable way.

  102. The efforts synergy from international community, governments, NGO and civil
    society will welcome and celebrate the differences that make our planet
    such varied and richly human experience, guiding us to the welfare and progress in a unique and remarkable way.

  103. learned that strengthening the links of confidence,
    care and love among our society requires a strong commitment to consolidate peace, extend
    democracy and promote sustainable progress in the society, economy, culture and environment.

  104. For her pioneering work in the localization movement to help create a more sustainable and equitable world.

    Through her advocacy and educational activities promoting localization from an international perspective, Helena Norberg Hodge has contributed to the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.

  105. Through her advocacy and educational activities promoting localization from an international perspective, Helena Norberg Hodge has contributed to the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.

  106. It is a great honour for me to receive this award: to follow in the footsteps of world renowned thinkers and activists many of whom, incidentally, I am happy to count among my friends and colleagues

  107. Businesses of this sort were, in fact, the bedrock of their communities, serving to hold the local economy together for generation after generation. It’s only when the economy is in the hands of distant investors and loses its connection to people and place that growth becomes an imperative.

  108. The people of Ghana really will help Japan! My worries disappeared, and I felt truly happy. I
    had always thought that Japan had to help Ghana. But through this experience, I realized that
    people in Ghana also wanted to help Japan in a time of n
    eed. You should bring your
    grandmother to Ghana, said my school teacher, who was worried for me. And a friend asked
    me, If I want to send money to Japan, who should I give it to
    The sad scenes following the earthquake in Japan were shown on TV every
    day. My heart
    ached, and my friends who watched TV were genuinely worried for Japan.
    In Ghana is a medical research institute named for Japanese scientist Hideyo Noguchi. The
    institute sent Ghanaian chocolate to children in Japan who were affected by the earthquake.
    Ghanaian chocolate is very tasty, so I am sure it made them very happy. It was not merely
    chocolate, but chocolate infused with care and encouragement.
    What I learned from this experience is that the world is one. Even between Africa and Asia
    which are so far away, news spreads easily. Usually, Japan is the one helping Ghana, but I
    realized that when Japan is in trouble, people in Ghana want very much to help.
    This is what I want to tell people in Japan. There are many people in Ghana who want to
    donate money to Japan, even though they cannot afford lunch for themselves. While we were
    collecting money for Japan, the lady who cleans our school happened to pass by. She carefully
    took out one cedi about US $0.65 wrapped inside her handkerchief
    and placed it in the
    donation box. The people of Ghana are truly kind.
    The desire to help people in need is shared by every human being. As long as people have this
    desire, the world will surely become a peaceful one, without war. This is what I came to
    feel through this experience

  109. I have never really thought about the future until Until two months ago an announcement was made at our school about one girl. She was seriously ill. She had cancer. A very aggressive form of it. The doctors in our country did everything they could for her. Still she was dying. Her only hope was the treatment that she could get in Germany. She needed minimum of 50 thousand Euros to be able to go and soon. The price of the human life. It’s a lot of money here. So her parents started raising funds wherever they could and eventually came to our school. Nowadays we have almost got used to such stories because after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station accident the rate of cancer among children in Belarus has increased 13 times. This power station is situated almost at the boarder of our Republic and right after the accident the wind was blowing north and carrying radioactive clouds in our direction So there are articles in newspapers, announcements on TV, Internet about kids dying of cancer who need urgent help.

  110. Opening Up the Idea
    In Germany, in a meeting with a conventional start-up adviser, the would-be founder brings the idea;
    the idea, so to speak, is simply “there.” In the Laboratory, on the other hand, the idea is questioned,
    examined, refined. Like a sculptor, a founder can work the raw material and create an intellectual
    abstraction that reflects not only the concerns of the “artist” more clearly and more precisely, but that
    also develops a better view of the market. It is important to work out something that’s “a better fit,”
    something that dovetails with the personality of the founder, something that “feels” better to him or
    her than the initial idea.

  111. In each case, we try to figure out what will truly engage the participant over the long term: what reflects
    his inclinations and desires, even those desires of which he might not be fully conscious. The method is
    akin to Frithjof Bergmann’s concept of New Work, where the question posed is: “What do we really,
    really want?” Thus the goal is not simply to accept the idea and then address possible steps to
    implement it, but rather to treat the initial idea as the raw material whose potential still needs to be
    explored.

  112. In this sense, the initial idea is only a heading, a first indication of where we can start looking for the
    ingredients that should ultimately yield an idea concept. I regard it as the modeling clay out of which
    you can create many forms. Accordingly, it is not uncommon that the discussion with the prospective
    founder takes a turn which that person does not expect. Although she is often convinced that she is at
    the end of the idea process and is already thinking about its implementation, I try to get a feel for
    whether she herself has actually considered the perspectives that have opened up with her idea.
    Following such a discussion, it is not uncommon that the founder ends up with ideas totally different
    from those she originally came with. The job of a consultant is not to give answers, but to ask lots of
    questions, especially questions that open up new perspectives. The founder must find the answers for
    himself. It has to be his own intellectual baby, not an idea from the consultant or one triggered by the
    funding guidelines.

  113. Fill the creative well by taking in other people’s creative works. Julia Cameron, the well-known creativity expert and author of The Artist’s Way, suggests doing this weekly and calls it the “Artist’s Date.” Go see a movie at an indie arthouse cinema you’d otherwise never see. Take in an exhibit at a museum you’ve never been to. Read a novel if you usually read nonfiction business titles (or vice-versa). Take a sketchbook and pencils to a park and draw what you see.

    Another way to put this tip into practice is to make a point to look for other people’s creative decision-making skills. The way someone handles a problematic coworker in the office, for example, or a new business partnership announcement in your local newspaper that you’d never have predicted can give you lots of creative food for thought.

    Ioannis Emmanouil Kosmadakis
    Founder & Chief Troublemaker of “fisea – Book your fishing holidays”

  114. From Leonardo da Vinci to Joan Didion, creative geniuses throughout the centuries have discovered a singular truth: Writing in a journal regularly helps settle your mind and sort through options and ideas for your business, from new service or product lines to outlining your long-term vision for your business.

    Maintaining a notebook or journal helps you increase creativity in a few ways. First and foremost, it begins to cement the habit of collecting and preserving your creative ideas. Writing down all your thoughts and ideas can help you preserve them for further rumination and iterative work.

    Ioannis Emmanouil Kosmadakis
    Founder & Chief Troublemaker of “fisea – Book your fishing holidays”

  115. In spite of what appeared to be appropriate planning, which considered a variety of aspects, there’s still
    a high degree of risk in this type of start-up. A lot of capital is required, and much advance preparation is
    needed, all of which will require financing. In addition, there are high operating costs like rent, interest
    and personnel. Unless there are a lot of customers immediately, as well as over the long term, there’s a
    danger that this start-up will end up the same way that many other restaurants have ended up in the
    past. As far as the likelihood of survival goes, it’s like placing bets in a casino – in both cases, the chances
    of success are statistically low. I put all my money on Red 19 and fervently hope it wins. If my restaurant
    doesn’t work out, then I’ll lose all of my own money, my borrowed capital, and all my work will have
    been in vain. I call this launching a business à la Roulette. Not recommended.

  116. “At the intersection where your gifts, talents, and abilities meet a human need; therein you will discover your purpose.”
    Aristotle
    “Hell begins the day that God grants you the vision to see all that you could have done, should have done, and would have done, but did not do.“
    Goethe
    “Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.”
    Voltaire
    “The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.”
    Adam Smith
    “The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”
    Plato
    “Where there is no desire, there will be no industry.”
    John Locke
    “It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.”
    Moliere
    “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.”
    Francis Bacon
    “Do not go to bed until you have gone over the day three times in your mind. What wrong did I do? What good did I accomplish? What did I forget to do?”
    Pythagoras
    “Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.”
    Rene Descartes
    “How many theorems in geometry which have seemed at first impracticable are in time successfully worked out!”
    Archimedes
    “You cannot teach a person something he does not already know, you can only bring what he does know to his awareness.”
    Galileo Galilei
    “If others would think as hard as I did, then they would get similar results.”
    Isaac Newton
    “The chief cause of human errors is to be found in the prejudices picked up in childhood.”
    Rene Descartes
    “Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope fo

  117. Here are some common myths about creativity:
    MYTH 1: Creativity is only needed at the top
    TRUTH : In today’s business environment, creativity applies to everyone. The organizations that win in these challenging times have creativity as a core priority at all levels of the organizational chart. We must embrace the concept of Everyday Creativity: fresh ideas and creative problem solving in every business setting.

    MYTH 2: People are creative (or not) based on what they do
    TRUTH: Your role has nothing to do with your creativity. There are professional musicians in major symphonies that are great technicians but don’t use an ounce of creativity. There are also statisticians that are brilliantly creative.

    MYTH 3: Creativity can’t be developed
    TRUTH: As human beings, we all have tremendous creative capacity; we just need to develop it. Your level of creativity isn’t fixed at birth. Instead, think of creativity as an expandable muscle. You don’t become a champion bodybuilder without hitting the gym.

    MYTH 4: Creativity isn’t my job
    TRUTH: Today, creativity is everyone’s job. For your organization to enjoy success, creativity must be harnessed at all levels. It is no longer just something those “art people” do.

    MYTH 5: My technical skills and experience are enough
    TRUTH: Maybe in the past, but definitely not in the future. Unorthodox approaches, original thought and imagination have become the currency for success in the new world of business…and life.
    Source: forbes[dot]com
    Ioannis Emmanouil Kosmadakis
    Founder & Chief Troublemaker of “fisea – Book your fishing holidays”

  118. Fritz Fleischmann says that The nature of being an entrepreneur means that you fully embrace ambiguity and are comfortable with being challenged regularly. Especially when having to go out for startup fundraising. Choosing this career path is completely irrational because the odds of succeeding are dismal, but most succeed because of their unwavering belief, laser focus on delivering and persistence. This is something that we see constantly at CoFoundersLab company I lead, which is one of the largest networks for entrepreneurs.

    Starting a company is a riveting roller coaster of emotions with tremendous highs and at times, difficult lows, but one thing that always helps me through the ups and downs is to connect with some of the greatest minds. Below are just a few of my favorite quotes

    1. The best way to predict the future is to create it.

    Peter Drucker

    2. Winners never quit and quitters never win.

    Vince Lombardi

  119. “Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.” — Bruce Garrabrandt

  120. I guess what brought us here is creativity in seeing problems from different view, and come with new ideas to solve them as well. but creativity is as you said, something that grows as much as you use it, and that is a very important part of it.

  121. 21 Quotes From Henry Ford On Business, Leadership And Life
    Erika Andersen
    Erika Andersen
    Contributor
    Careers

    I knew, before starting to write this post, what we all know about Henry Ford: founder of Ford Motor F +0%Company, seminal proponent of mass production in the form of the assembly line, creator of the Model T and author of the tart line, “you can have it in any color you want, as long as it is black.” Then one of my readers, Sagar Adhikari, shared a great Henry Ford quote in a comment he made on one of my posts. I was intrigued, and started doing a bit of research.

    As it turns out, Ford was a veritable font of pithy and insightful one-liners about business and leadership – and a fascinating human being, as well. He certainly had his dark side (he seems to have been anti-semitic for at least part of his life, believing in a world conspiracy of “Jewish financiers”), but he was at the same time hugely progressive and forward-thinking in many other ways. For example, he hired African-Americans, women and disabled people long before most other business owners did so, and was passionately committed to the principle of paying good wages to hire and keep the best employees. He was a relentless technological innovator, based on his commitment to creating “the best possible goods at the lowest possible price.” He focused on making ongoing changes in design and production that would drive down costs while improving the product. For instance, the inaugural Model T, released for sale in 1908, cost $825 (about $22,000 in present-day dollars); by 1916, he had reduced the cost by more than half – to $360, while increasing safety, reliability and speed. And for better or worse, Henry Ford – more than any other individual – made us a nation of car owners; at one point over half the families in America owned a Ford motor car.

    Here then, for your reading pleasure: 21 inspiring and very fresh quotes from this complex, remarkable man:

    There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: make the best quality goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.

    Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

    Don’t find fault, find a remedy.

    Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

    Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.

    Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

    Employers only handle the money – it is the customer who pays the wages.

  122. creativity is an ability to see potentials in already existing components moreover coming up with crazy recombination for simplifying the function

  123. thanks, campus management team

  124. What does an entrepreneur do? The first thing is they have given themselves permission to see a problem. Most people do not want to see problems … Once you see a problem and you keep looking at it you will find an answer.

    Bill Drayton

    Business, People, Entrepreneur

  125. “You need to say to everyone in the organization: “You are a change-maker. You can figure out what customers need. And if you also figure out how to make it work, you are a hero. You are going to do really well. You are going to be a role model for other people in the firm.” Everybody, including the doorman, is empowered. We should be doing the same thing in education organizations, in human rights organizations, in hotels chains and electronics firms – this is the transition to the Everyone a Changemaker world.”

    Bill Drayton

  126. Mary Olushoga, Founder of the AWP Network moderated the womens panel at the 2014 CUNY Young African Leadership Symposium, which took place at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

    Here are (8) memorable quotes from the event:

    (1) “Support me because I am competent not because I am a woman.”

    (2) “I don’t see myself as a woman, I see myself as a human being.”

    (3) “I truly believe that success always transcends gender.”

    (4) Being an African woman in 2014 is still a stigma.

    (5) “Women need to be more forceful, and not laid back or passive.”

    (6) “I want more African women and girls to know that you can be anything you want to be.”

    (7) “Get out of the it’s not possible mode, everything is possible.”

    (8) “Never underestimate the power of having a role model or mentor – find one.”

  127. “At the intersection where your gifts, talents, and abilities meet a human need; therein you will discover your purpose.”
    Aristotle
    “Hell begins the day that God grants you the vision to see all that you could have done, should have done, and would have done, but did not do.“
    Goethe
    “Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.”
    Voltaire
    “The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.”
    Adam Smith
    “The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”
    Plato
    “Where there is no desire, there will be no industry.”
    John Locke
    “It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.”
    Moliere
    “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.”
    Francis Bacon
    “Do not go to bed until you have gone over the day three times in your mind. What wrong did I do? What good did I accomplish? What did I forget to do?”
    Pythagoras
    “Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.”
    Rene Descartes
    “How many theorems in geometry which have seemed at first impracticable are in time successfully worked out!”
    Archimedes
    “You cannot teach a person something he does not already know, you can only bring what he does know to his awareness.”
    Galileo Galilei
    “If others would think as hard as I did, then they would get similar results.”
    Isaac Newton
    “The chief cause of human errors is to be found in the prejudices picked up in childhood.”
    Rene Descartes
    “Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.”
    Immanuel Kant

  128. 4. “To me, business isn’t about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It’s about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.” – Richard Branson

    5. “Fortunately we’re not a public company – we’re a private group of companies, and I can do what I want.” – Richard Branson

    6. “Building a business is not rocket science, it’s about having a great idea and seeing it through with integrity.” – Richard Branson

  129. My greatest appreciation goes to Professor Gunter Faltin, He is not just an Ivory Tower expertise, it makes me have a voice now in Nigeria, even if I am yet to arrive Germany, I am so excited, I turned out to be an Entrepreneurship Lecturer over night as a result of his book, I digested every bit of the content especially our lessons on pages 97 to 109, and my silver lining is on the quote of Andrew Carnegie powerful quotes that says, ” Concentrate your energies, your thought, and your capital” The wise man put all his eggs in one basket and watches it” I am ready to meet him in “Winners Announcement’s Ceremony in Free University soon” bye

  130. Well, almost everyone from the campus has been giving an emotional speech, I will try to not be long with mine..A big CONGRATULATIONS to all of you for all the support you have granted me since day one and which has been pushing me to do better each time. This journey has been long almost 4 months, but we have learned so many things here, from both negative and positive experiences. There has been many ups and downs, but we know we did our best, we supported as many idea/projects we could. Sometimes the blue bar motivated us, sometimes it did the reverse. I, personally obtained so many benefits from the campus, ranging from the online training, blogs, ideas/projects, to knowing myself as an entrepreneur, learning more about innovation and creativity, borrowing and the list goes on and on, but the most amazing thing was making so many entrepreneurship friends and educating many through my concepts and components.

    The whole world felt and sensed and convinced and intuitively believed in my idea GREEN RIBBON, hence you believe in LOVING LIFE and ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Healthy living and fresh breathe for cerebral palsy kids and teens that is even bad than CANCER yet they world ignore it.. We need sustainable actions for our planet. In GREEN RIBBON Start Ups, we are ideas generators with fun toward sustainable development and we need to protect nature, without which we cease to exist. THANKS!
    https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/16245

  131. Oprah Winfrey: “Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.”

  132. “I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle.” – Andrew Carnegie

  133. On Technology

    While technology is important, it’s what we do with it that truly matters.

    Muhammad Yunus

  134. I want to reminds all my co-finalists to remember September 22, 2019
    Deadline for receipt of videos from finalists in both
    categories.

    As a social innovation expert now, my job is to helps others create their start ups across borders. Ephraim Essien Nigeria Finalist Best Idea 2019

  135. I have never really thought about the future until Until two months
    ago an announcement was made at our school about one girl. She
    was seriously ill. She had cancer. A very aggressive form of it. The
    doctors in our country did everything they could for her. Still she was
    dying. Her only hope was the treatment that she could get in
    Germany. She needed minimum of 50 thousand Euros to be able to
    go and soon. The price of the human life. It’s a lot of money here. So
    her parents started raising funds wherever they could and
    eventually came to our school. Nowadays we have almost got used
    to such stories because after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station accident the rate of cancer
    among children in Belarus has increased 13 times. This power station is situated almost at the
    boarder of our Republic and right after the accident the wind was blowing north and carrying
    radioactive clouds in our direction So there are articles in newspapers, announcements on TV,
    Internet about kids dying of cancer who need urgent help.

  136. Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

    Mother Teresa

  137. Green Ribbon is not just a social business in Nigeria but it has brought smiles to million of lives throughout Nigeria
    Opeyemi

  138. Campus Administrator really stirred GREEN RIBBON (2019 BEST IDEA) to be the mirror of the world best enterprise.
    Opeyemi, Lagos, Nigeria.

  139. Entrepreneurs are positive and patience in nature, they are not pessimistic and poor as we think.

    Ephraim Essien Green Ribbon Startup Founder 2019/ Best Idea Finalist – Nigeria

  140. The fact that the poor are alive is clear proof of their ability.
    Muhammad Yunus

  141. Why could not advantage be taken of a time of relative calm and quiet to investigate and try to solve a question of such immense and worldwide importance, both from the humane and Christian stand-point?
    Henry Dunant
    Christian, Taken, Trying

  142. It is a great honour for me to be “A 2019 Best Idea Finalist”: to follow in the footsteps of world-renowned thinkers and activists-many of whom, incidentally, I am happy to count among my friends and colleagues. An honour and also a source of great hope and strength: that an organisation as prestigious as The Entrepreneurship Campus should understand and value the role of economic localization in helping to create a more equitable and sustainable world. i thank you for your support and accept this global position as a finalist on behalf of the emerging worldwide localization movement; a movement that, I believe can not only help to prevent ecological devastation but also substantially improve the quality of life for the great majority of people on earth.
    Ephraim Essien
    Green Ribbon Best Idea
    Start-up Founder

  143. I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”

    Mother Teresa

  144. “Live simply so others may simply live.”
    Mother Teresa

  145. Richard K. Morgan
    “A weapon is a tool,” she repeated, a little breathlessly. “A tool for killing and destroying. And there will be times when, as an Envoy, you must kill and destroy. Then you will choose and equip yourself with the tools that you need. But remember the weakness of weapons. They are an extension–you are the killer and destroyer. You are whole, with or without them.”

    ― Richard K. Morgan

  146. “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”
    Mother Teresa

  147. “No man can become rich without himself enriching others.” – Andrew Carnegie

  148. “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
    Mother Teresa

  149. “it is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” ~ Nelson Mandela

  150. “Peace begins with a smile.”
    Mother Teresa

  151. “Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.”
    Mother Teresa

  152. “Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. ”
    Mother Teresa

  153. Haruo Miyagi

    Founder and CEO of ETIC. (Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities). In 1993, while studying at Waseda University in Japan, Mr. Miyagi founded ETIC. as a nation-wide network of student entrepreneurs, and it was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2000. In 2001, he established ETIC. Social Venture Center, which has supported and trained over 1,000 young social entrepreneurs to date.

  154. I take great pride in welcoming all the blog viewers to the last day of the youth competition winner’s announcement.
    I use this medium to say a big thank you to all the leaders in this house. Kudos to you all.
    I’m Ephraim Essien
    The Founder of Green Ribbon.

  155. Six days to our 2019 entrepreneurship summit, l urges all 7 billions global citizens to visit this site and be a part of our sustainable and culture of peace

  156. “God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.”
    Mother Teresa

  157. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
    Mother Teresa

  158. “Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.”
    Mother Teresa

  159. As a 2019 Best ldea Finalist, l welcome ALL global citizens to our magnificent entrepreneurship summit 2019, You are ALL WELCOME!

  160. As a 2019 Best ldea Finalist, l welcome ALL global citizens to our magnificent entrepreneurship award ceremony day 2019, You are ALL WELCOME!

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Timeline 2019

March 18, 2019
Competition launch.
Entries are welcomed
May 15, 2019
Voting & commenting begins for all
July 31, 2019
Deadlines for entries
August 31, 2019
Deadlines for votes & comments
September 12, 2019
10 finalists announced in both categories
September 12, 2019
People’s Choice Prize winners announced
September 22, 2019
Deadline for receipt of videos from finalists in both
categories
October 12, 2019
Deadline for Panel of Judges’ selection of the winners
October 19, 2019
Winners announced at Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin

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