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There is a natural flow to the entrepreneurial mindset.   The creator, innovator and game changer engage in a continuous cycle that emerges into a flux and flow of ideas which take form and burst onto the scene as sustainable contributions to business, civic commitments or governmental improvements.

129996787_aa15c7c8ab Society places a premium on action, action, action. And in our hustle bustle, go go go world, the culture of reflection slowly faded to the background.  And in many cases, those who took the time to ponder the imponderable were labeled day dreamers.

Yet it is precisely in the power of reflection, mental wandering, exploration games and playing around with the what-if questions that pushes the boundaries, feeds the spirit of innovation and produces substantial game change.  Reflection is the primal spark that ignites the entrepreneurial fire.

Once an idea or concept is vetted by the fury of an entrepreneurial mind, the action muscles twitch, adrenaline surges and the ignited embers build into a blazing fire that fuels the sprint into action.  There comes the laser focus, the continuous concentration and the unrelenting move towards bringing the vision to realization.

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A big challenge for entrepreneurs is to rest during and after building a sustainable enterprise.  They keep pushing, driving and advancing without resting, appreciating and savoring the journey.  It is crucial in the pursuit of the vision and dream to build in periods of rest, returns to the reflection zone and then a re-engagement of the run towards the vision.  And regardless of whether it is a sprint or a marathon, the successful entrepreneur requires rest.

The biggest challenge for an entrepreneur is to relax and to permit those close to him or her to cultivate relaxation into their lives.  It is through this relaxation,though, that the entrepreneur can be stirred up with fresh ideas, energies and glowing networks.  We will again see that the entire flux and flow which churns inside of an entrepreneur will once again:



UP is a film in the theaters now.

It is a must see.  While most of the reviews focus on the humor and box office sales figures, we focus on the message of this film.  This is a story of substance that brilliantly displays the spirit of adventure, collaboration between generations and the value of leadership, team work and commitment.

The story is driven by the spirit of quest, discovery and exploration.  All key elements which drive the innovator, builder of social ventures and individuals that seek to pursue a fresh professional path.

US President Woodrow Wilson said, “We grow by dreams.  All big individuals are dreamers.  They see things in the soft haze of a spring day, or in the red fire on a long winter´s evening.  Some of us let those great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nourish them through bad days until they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.”

The quest is the adventure that calls us.

Discovery is the fuel that drives the quest and moves us to explore.  The film´s setting is rooted in a powerful tradition started by Arthur Conan Doyle´s Lost Land.  The backdrops to these stories take place in a real remote part of the planet situated in the depths of Venzuela and Brazil.

It is easy to see why this land sparked a burning curiosity:

Most people appreciate the AH-HA feeling of discovery and most get excited about the quest.  Yet, the vast majority of individuals stop short of exploring.
And it is in the commitment to action and exploration that a true quest is commenced with the potential for discovery. It is in this union of questing, discovery and exploration that one begins to exercise the muscles which advance the Pioneer Mindset.


Rev up your brain, generate valuable concepts, plug in, jump in the crowd and most importantly, stand-out.  Better yet, generate a break through concept, open up a mini-market place and crowd source add-ons, potential team mates and potential markets.

Here is a quick visual tour of the Crowdsourcing Process.




Wikipedia does a great job summing up the history and different modelson crowdsourcing:

There are a number of apps out there which enable you to pursue crowd sourcing.  One example is Idea Scale

Crowd sourcing and decentralized collaboration is a mega trend whose first waves are hitting the society´s shoreline.

The American Idol franchise is the ultimate example of a mega market place of opinion.  In the most recent season over 650 million votes were registered in the pop star machine in the making of Chris Allen into the American Idol 2009.

Imagine awakening this same mainstreet, bringing out their best and brightest thinking and then plug them into a market places for solving our biggest challenges. 

MIT is an intense and dense center of learning.  Within the world of MIT, the minds are simmering cross fertilization and the know-how of collective collaborations. 

If you open up a market place for your firm or your lead concept. Keep 3 points in mind:

1.  Keep it Simple
Make it simple, clear and easy for others to contribute.

2.   Reward Them
Respect and reward those who contribute value.

3.  Rapid Response Team
Cultivate talent, experience and expertise within your network that can be assembled into a rapid response team to act on an innovation.