Bring New Life To Your Business & Career

In the desert there are two categories of birds.
  • The Vulture – looking for and surviving on dead things
  • The Hummingbird – looking for fresh new living plants

Despite changes in government, the economy or other issues that come and go, we should always be looking for fresh, new and living ways to improve our business or career.

How can we learn from science?

Most of us are familiar with Newton’s laws of motion and his experience with the falling apple. We can all gain inspiration and new ideas from the way a scientist thinks.

Develop a sense of wonder:
As we grow up we lose our sense of wonder at the world and life around us. Keep asking questions - Why? Is there a better way? Why not try….? I wonder what would happen if…? 

Stay curious:
Be nosey - Look into what is being done here and around the world. Find out what’s happening beyond your own walls and what’s possible right where you are. Create an uncontested market space that makes the competition irrelevant.

Create time to think through things. Breakthrough ideas come when we are relaxed.

The eureka moment:
When we have interests in a range of things, the crossover effect leads to new ideas developing. Stay connected to people with different ideas and ways of doing business.

Making it work:
Never underestimate the importance of detail and design. Any new idea, be it marketing, product, service, staff training or internal process, needs to work effectively. Don’t be afraid to ditch something if it fails.

Bring new life

Momentum comes out of impetus
Often we just need to start on that new idea or concept. At the other end of the scale, sometimes people end things that are not over – a new look, a slight improvement or better targeted marketing could bring that to life.

Lack of resource
Isn’t a drawback, it can actually make us more creative and cost effective.

Too busy?

This problem isn’t new - 1,500 years ago a great church leader, St Augustine said:

God wants to give us something, but cannot, because our hands are full – there’s nowhere to put it.”

In business we fill our time with so many processes, systems and unnecessary tasks that there is no time to innovate.

So challenge yourself and start to bring new life to your business or career.

Peter Irvine
Peter is Co-Founder of Gloria Jean’s Coffees, author of ‘Win In Business’ and ‘Building your Business, your People, your Life’ and keynote speaker.

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