Showing posts with label world. Show all posts
Showing posts with label world. Show all posts

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Why Being the Best Is Irrelevant

Be good, be better, be great in life and business, and you will discover that being the best becomes irrelevant. Now success on the other hand . . .

Success is not defined by being the best or winning. When you excel at something, anything really, you will find happiness AND success.
And when the individual succeeds, the team succeeds. Whether it's a large matrix of teams under a corporate umbrella, teams of active players in an industry, or even our world commerce, success is driven by people advocating for causes greater than themselves.
People that find success drive for change that improves the social good. Social good represents the best our humanity. Hillary Clinton, Peter DiamandisLaci Green, these are people who have succeeded by being advocates for the social good of humanity, each in their own way but all for the greater good.

Sir Richard Branson is one of the greatest examples of advocating for the social good. He rose beyond his dyslexia to build an enterprise of companies. But he didn't stop there. In addition to promoting social good within each business effort, he fights for human progress through endeavors like Virgin Galactic. Then, taking it a step further he became an ambassador of hope & human prosperity through founding humanitarian efforts like The EldersCarbon War Room and The B Team.

Think of all the successes you've had in life. Which are the most meaningful to you?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Innovation Doesn't Require an Audience, Just That You Do It

As the father of LEGO fanatic, science lover, and Mythbusters aficionado, I've listened to numerous rants fromy ten-year-old throughout his young life about the disappointment of failed experiments and projects.  Most recently, in a rain of tears, he divulged that his ideas don't matter to the world.  I explained to him that innovation doesn't require an audience, it just requires that you do it.  

The most memorable innovators are those that continue to pursue their thoughts and 
ideas no matter what happens or who stands in their way. Whether they go it alone or stand on the shoulders of giants of yesterday and today to reach even higher, true, pioneering innovators never give up.  

Innovators have a constant craving.  They live on the raw attributes of their original thoughts.  It's as if they are children in spirit, untainted by the rest of the world.  Perhaps not even knowing they are working for the greater good, the ultimate measure of an innovator's success is an outcome the makes this world a better place to live.  

We can all be innovators when we don't give up, give in, or let others sway us.  Are you ready to share your innovations with the rest of the world?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Social Good of Young Innovators

A while back I was attending a professional organization meeting where there were about 60 or so attendees; primarily members and some guests. The chapter leader asked everyone to stand. He then proceeded to ask everyone that had been a chapter member for a year or less to sit; a small portion sat down. He asked for people that had been in three years or less to sit; a slightly larger portion sat down. He proceeded to ask about 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, and so forth up to 50 years.

After the 20 year mark there were only a few people standing. These were older folks that had been with the organization for some time, and the chapter leader asked that the chapter commend these folks.  This particular organization has an average member age of 55+ and is diligently working to bring in younger members. And, while I do applaud showing gratitude for so many years of service for one organization and its efforts, I couldn't help but think whether the chapter leader shouldn't have gone the other direction and started at 50 years.

Why are we, as nations and as a world, obsessed with celebrating the past through events and figure heads? Shouldn't we be celebrating the young, our future, with every waking moment?

To quote a brilliant person, and a man my family adores (particularly my son):
“Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.” 
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

I am, by no means, implying that we should discount the tremendous efforts of individuals or specific monumental achievements & events. But I do think we need to spend more time, money, and attention on younger generations. Whatever concepts or actions a previous generation creates, it is inevitably up to younger generations to advance them or even start anew.  This is true for every aspect our lives including our:
  • Personal & familial relationships
  • Business & organizational relationships
  • Communities, Markets, & Industries
  • Global relationships
With each facet of life, we stand on the shoulders of giants and reach ever higher. But we also find new ways to support each other; new ways to grow & evolve that may not include the past. In fact, we may flat out dismiss the past in favor of a better way. This is the nature of innovation. And with technology at the heart, and with the internet in particular, progressive thinkers can connect, engage, & collaborate like never before.  

I say this as a father, an organizational leader, a business person, a global citizen and an advocate for the Social Good. We should embrace young minds in our communities and industries. We should work to create one human voice celebrating the young & the innovative spirit for the Social Good of all.