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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:



We live in a culture of complaint.  Growling grumpy attitudes rumble and rage. It is the lazy man´s take on a call to action. They think that by pointing out a problem they are participating in the solution.  Yet, problem finding is lifeless without a passionate approach towards creating solutions.  In our books, we call that noise.

Peak performing teams must dial down the noise and amp up the pursuit of passion.

It is far better to build a small, tight knit and highly passionate team, then keep noise makers on board. The objective is to build into the endeavor one team member at a time an individual that gets the vision, brings to the table that passion level of energy and who thrives on persistence.

Pioneering in particular calls for that crucial mixture of passion plus persistence.  The persistence is the X factor that drives an individual or team well past its competitors.  When the noise makers drop out from frustration, the passionate and persistent team pushes past that point and seeks an alternative route to the peak.

They tackle it until they have exhausted all their possibilities.  And when they do find the solution, create the value and reach the peak, they savor it and then move onto the next big challenge.  They keep that passion at their core.

World class rock climber Sharma embodies this pioneering mindset of persistence + passion:


Exercising choice is powerful.  Its effects ripple out in every direction in our lives, personally and professionally.

Yet many individuals compartmentalize their lives, forming a faulty foundation for making effective clear decisions.

It is in this ability to take a full spectrum view on one´s life, that effective paths are forged.  It is a sign of maturity and ultimately of wisdom.

Another factor we encourage people to take into consideration is the span of time in which they evaluate their trade-offs.  In a culture of quarterly returns and hyper-drive, short-termism creeps into the scene and clouds long-term thinking.  This in turn shuts out the voice of perspective.

While it is impossible to estimate the full impact of any given decision, it is possible to be value driven. And these values are enduring and last a life time. The best pioneering minds we have met to date have character built on rock solid values.

Sit back and enjoy this reflection:

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.

Here is a great clip that visualizes the entrepreneurial spark and spirit.