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Become The Next Great Mind – Now


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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:
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“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Discuss People

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.

Discuss Events

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.

Discuss Ideas

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.

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26 January 2009

27 Comments »

  • J.D. Meier said:

    Good points.

    Melding of the minds and using sounding boards is definitely a key.

    How did I get you addicted to Bruce Lee? I’m glad but what made it so sticky? His way with words?

  • tom said:

    That is a great quote you put down.

    Personally I think it all starts with programming our mind to think a certain way. It is also important to surround yourself with like minded people and resources, so that you are always focused.

  • alik levin (author) said:

    JD,
    I am addicted to Bruce Lee since I was a teenager… :)
    You just made this addiction even stronger with me.
    As a teenager I was amazed with his abilities and fight spirit. You showed me he is a philosopher too. That’s too sticky.

    tom,
    Like-minded is all I am after.
    Great to see more like-minded people on Practice This ;)

  • ChasingSanity.com said:

    I’m not sure Eleanor’s quote was put down as much as the meaning of her statement was altered. This is neither good nor bad, but the intent of her statement was that small minds discuss people – as in caddy, superficial matters. Average minds might discuss current events, the implications and causes of, etc. Whereas great minds grapple with ideas, theories, and philosophies.

    This post just changed the intention behind the statement, twisted it a bit, not putting it down.

  • Giovanna Garcia said:

    Hi Alik

    Great idea, connect with like minded people learn from them, master mind. wonderful and useful tips.

    Thank you,
    Giovanna Garcia
    Imperfect Action is better than No Action

  • alik levin (author) said:

    ChasingSanity.com,
    You are right – I twisted it actually a lot. I am a big fan of Bruce Lee’s “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own.” ;)

    Giovanna,
    Thank you!
    This is it. When I am not surrounded with people I can learn from it’s sign I stopped growing.

  • Pini Dayan said:

    Hi Alik, as always, pleasure reading your insights.
    I think the practice part sould be more rough and clear:
    One must initiate the implementation of his idea in a way this idea cannot be ignored.

    Keep up the good writing
    Pini

  • Guilad said:

    Hi Alik
    I liked Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote. In deed I belive that discussing ideas is great but be carefull from getting into rat holes. when taking this into the edge this might become parlysis by analysis.

    Liked the post a lot

  • alik levin (author) said:

    Pini,
    Thanks for kind words!
    Good insight – there is only so much from the idea to its implementation. But first step is getting rid of useless discussion and getting down to insightful ones, eh? ;)

    Guilad,
    Good point.
    That is exactly why I like Edison’s quote so much…. ;)

  • Tom Volkar / Delightful Work said:

    In my life coaching practice I’ll often make agreements with my clients for them to discuss their present work-throughs with colleagues and other supporters. It’s extremely valuable for us to hear ourselves talk about what matters to us because it can lead to new realizations. I like what you’re doing here. I’ve subscribed in support.

  • alik levin (author) said:

    Tom,

    It is very encouraging for me to see my personal development practice resonates with your coaching practice ;)

    Thanks for the support!

  • Liara Covert said:

    Every human being has a great mind. Some people have yet to accept the meaning of their untapped potential.

  • alik levin (author) said:

    Liara,
    Great way to put it
    Liked it.

  • Maya said:

    Loved the Roosevelt quote but loved the Edison one even more!
    I am loving your blog – nothing makes sense until and unless it is put into practice, is it?

  • alik levin (author) said:

    Maya,
    Thanks for kind words!
    Edison’s quote is my daily mantra. I actually attach it below the signature for my emails…
    One of my principles is “talk is a poor substitute for action”. More principles in “about” page ;)

  • Melissa Donovan said:

    I guess I don’t need to be ashamed to admit that my preference is for discussing ideas. However, I’m not sure that makes me a great mind, although I wouldn’t mind if it did ;)

  • Yossi said:

    Hi Alik , “Practice This – Get Results” , you need to present how you believe in what you crazy about it.
    Without believing , no one will listen to your idea.
    Great post.

  • Daphne said:

    Hi Alik,

    Just found your site. It’s great! I like the way you keep your posts clear and specific as to action steps. Very practical indeed. I’ll be back!

  • alik levin (author) said:

    Yossi,
    Thanks for good words ;)
    Agree, making others to buy into an idea is hard. I call it influence w/o authority.

    Daphne,
    Thanks for kind words!
    This is great feedback and very encouraging. I work very hard to make my posts easy read. I value your time – the faster you can get the idea the happier I am, if you find it practical then I am the happiest :):)

  • alik levin (author) said:

    Melissa,
    Ideas you share on your blog are very helpful – both easy read and it helps me write a better blogs (I hope so :) ).
    How do you measure mind greatness? – I do not know.
    You share your ideas, you help the community, what else do you need to call you great mind? ;)

  • tom said:

    I think you share greatness by the feeling you get inside, if it makes you feel happy and fulfilled then you are achieving greatness.

  • alik levin (author) said:

    tom,
    If your comment relates to my comment to Melissa then here is my take…
    Who’s mind greater? – your or mine? How do you measure? I think it is rhetoric question, even wrong one… My take is that he who discuss and dwell on others cannot be great mind, he who shares ideas, even the craziest and “useless” is the greatest.

  • Ted Bagley said:

    I think great minds can let go of the meaning of everything and move on to something else.

  • alik levin (author) said:

    Ted,
    Interesting take. As long as this “else” thing is another idea and not a person or an event, eh? ;)

  • Ted Bagley said:

    Nothin’ but…

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