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A few profound thoughts on innovation from the man who helped put the Mars Rover on the red planet.
Are you stacking the deck in your favor, or leaving your work to chance? A few simple rituals can improve your odds of success.
You can be both, but you can’t chase both at the same time.
We all depend upon others in order to do our best work. Don’t allow your misplaced assumptions to drive a wedge between you and your peers.
If you want to become a great contributor in your field, then you must be willing to boldly choose between equally viable options, and commit to your decision.
My interview for MarieTV about my book Louder Than Words, and how you can develop your voice as a leader and creative pro.
Here’s a question worth pondering: who gets to determine what “winning” means?
Don’t spend your life chasing a vapor. Don’t waste it bouncing from one comfortable place to another, hoping things work out in your favor. Commit to doing the difficult work of excavating, then utilizing your authentic voice. The journey is challenging and the hurdles are very real, but in the end you will point with pride to a body of work that represents you well. It begins now, in this moment.
Mind your baseline. It’s alright to have standards and expectations for experiences, but be careful not to allow those expectations to become entitlement.
Have you ever looked around at the work of others and felt like yours simply isn’t measuring up? Don’t allow Expectation Escalation to rob you of your best work.
Vision, learning, and celebration are key elements of progress. Taking a little time each week to ask these three questions can help you uncover opportunities for growth and impact, and prevent you from drifting off course.
Each book deserves a different amount of your finite resources. Don’t feel the pressure to give everything you have to every book you read. Be more selfish with your focus and time.
Have you ever reached the end of a work week and thought, “what exactly did I accomplish?” If so, you’re not alone.
Don’t try to conform generalists into specialists. They can be some of the most resourceful people you will meet, and resourcefulness is a critical skill in fluid workplaces.
When you are younger, it’s possible to be successful because you are smarter, more talented, or more of a hustler than your peers. However, as you grow older, you begin to see patterns that you might have overlooked before simply because you didn’t have as much data. Knowledge can be bought, but wisdom is always earned.
Todd Henry is an author, international speaker, consultant, and advisor. His six books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Since 2005 he's hosted the globally popular podcast The Accidental Creative. Full Bio