Successful creatives are not afraid of mistakes or failure: they know that good ideas often arise from tireless experimentation and a chain of failed attempts. People who avoid mistakes and failures suffocate all potential innovation. Unmindful of this, many companies punish their employees for making mistakes, and thus inadvertently create an environment where people just try to conform rather than experiment.…
There’s a reason everyone wants to work at Google. They solve hard problems, know how to hire and retain the brightest people, give them power and keep them happy. Though, for most people work is a means to an end: a way to make a buck.
It doesn’t have to be this way. …
Mimes, live performances, actors, face painting activities, exotic drinks, a climbing wall…an art performance, right? Nope. It’s a restaurant in Bogota. But calling it a restaurant is an understatement; it’s an experience.
Ask anyone about their experience with Andres Carne De Res and they will talk about the experience they had first, then the food. It’s true, Andres Carne de Res is a restaurant unlike any other. For one, it’s only open three times a week and is always packed. It’s also become a popular tourist spot as people from across the world come to Andres Carne de Res to experience something truly unique.…
How is the world going to look like in 5 to 10 years?
Unfortunately the average Joe doesn’t ask himself this question. Rather, people go about their daily lives without putting any thought as to how their lives will be different in the future. This includes people working in service industries like transportation; such as taxi drivers.…
What obstacles stand in the way of greatness?
Being someone that is on the path of Mastery, I’m in tune with the obstacles that can impede me from achieving Mastery. So, anyone who’s overcome obstacles on the path to Mastery is interesting to me. It’s also one the reasons why I’m a HUGE fan of Robert Greene, the author of The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law and Mastery.
He studies power and mastery in all his books through the lives of people from past and present.
In his latest book, Mastery, he explores the idea of reaching Mastery and how in order to reach it he lays out how social intelligence matters, because you can be brilliant in your field, but if you’re bad with people you neutralize your talent and expertise:…
Here’s an interesting question, does the internet threaten creativity or nurture it?,
It depends on how you look at it. When we think about the internet, we think of many things: websites, blogs, social networks, social media, etc..
All these components of the internet let us express ourselves in one way or another, connect with people we know, meet strangers, learn from others and create with others. But, while all this is great, the other side of what makes us human also makes it onto the internet.
Really, the internet both inspires and stifles creativity, here’s how…
How the Internet threatens creativity
Creativity, by it’s nature, is about bravery. So, to think creatively is to challenge the status-quo. Great!
One of the common benefits of having access to so much information and people is that we can find answers rather quickly. But this benefit has immediate consequences when we stop paying attention to human nature, for people will congregate around the same ideas on social networks which eventually leads to group-think.
What does that mean?
A few years ago I wrote a piece on how social media is group-think on steroids because it puts critical thinking to sleep. Critical thinking and creativity go hand in hand, but the megaphone that is social media turns people into lambs drinking the same kool-aid; making critical thinking irrelevant.
Where all think alike nobody thinks very much, and thus the status-quo stops being challenged.
See, the internet doesn’t make us more stupid because, in general terms, we’re stupid and shallow to begin with. But it may help some of us to become dumber and more shallow faster and more efficiently.
Simply put, the internet (if we let it) doesn’t eliminate human bias; it amplifies it.
How the Internet nurtures creativity
Not all is gray, for many great things happen because of the internet. I, like others, have used the internet to solve problems by collaborating with people from around the world. These connections came about because of serendipitous exchanges on Twitter and other mediums; the type that fuels innovation.
The advantage of the internet is open communication, so the simple act of sharing a thought on Twitter can become a conversation. Same goes with blogging, it brings like minds together. This is a good example of how the internet nurtures creativity. Beyond my immediate family, I’ve met all the most valuable people that I know through the internet.
My take is that just like innovative businesses understand that group-think is an enemy of innovation and thus create mechanisms to counter it, if we understand how this dynamic applies on the internet, we can counter it.
It’s important that we do because the future of work will be much more digital and collaborative than it is today; I guarantee it.
Bottom line: The Internet has the power to both bring out the best and worst in us. I foresee we’ll be debating whether or not technology make us stupid well into the future, but let’s put it to rest right now: Technology doesn’t make us stupid, it makes us smarter.