|What does it take to think like great minds do? Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Thomas A. Edison, Bruce Lee, Sergey Brin, Shay Agassi, David Allen, Ken Blanchard, Steven Covey, Tim Ferriss, Darren Rowse and many more.
The answer seems to be pretty simple:
“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
I say, discuss people but do not dwell on it. Find the role models, learn what they have done to achieve their results.
- Find the role model.
- Research on the guy using online search and social networking sites – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
- Research the guy’s blog.
- Share your observations with your friends.
- Get connected, build your network.
I say, discuss events. Our world’s pace is getting faster and faster. There is no sign it’ll change. But how do you follow after what’s going on? How do you focus on what matters and how do you weed out the rest?
- Listen to what your role models have to say.
- Set up alerts for keywords on search engines.
- Reverse engineer the event – find what was the root cause.
- Grab the inspirational idea behind the event.
- Model the pattern.
Got an idea? Share it! Discuss it, create the buzz, ask for feedback like crazy. Make it sticky!
- Find the audience for the idea.
- Find the return on investment for your idea.
- Model the success (always as a win win).
- Get listeners to buy in.
But is it enough to just discuss the ideas to become the next great mind? No!
“The value of an idea lies in the using of it. “ – Thomas A. Edison
Practice This – Get Results
- Start the conversation – with your friends, with your colleagues, with your boss, with your family, with me. Build and strengthen your network.
- Discuss ideas – put your craziest ideas on the table. Draw the attention. People will relate to you as an innovator. It is a valuable brand these days.
- Do not just throw ideas to the wind. Use it, show results, show it actually works.