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ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET
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.

REFLECT
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.

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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.

RESTSnow monkey
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.

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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:

REPEAT!

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PIONEER FROM ANYWHERE
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.
 

WISDOM OF THE CROWD
Here is a quick visual tour of the Crowdsourcing Process.

 

 

 CROWD SOURCING REVIEW

Wikipedia does a great job summing up the history and different modelson crowdsourcing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wisdom_of_Crowds

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

FROM THE IVORY TOWER TO THE MAIN STREET
Crowd sourcing and decentralized collaboration is a mega trend whose first waves are hitting the society´s shoreline.

AMERICAN IDOL
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. 
www.americanidol.com

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 GOES FOR THE MINDMELD
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.
http://cci.mit.edu/index.html 

3 PIONEER POINTS ON CROWD SOURCING
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.

EXPLORATION IS ESSENTIAL
In order to pioneer into uncharted territories, you must build up your exploration muscles.  Exploration is action oriented and is fueld by an curiosity, persistence and a passion for problem solving.  It equally calls for courage and conviction.  Without these main ingredients your efforts will grind to a halt from social friction. 

OVERCOMING SOCIAL FRICTION
Social friction is that resistence you confront when you start sharing your idea of making a move into an uncharted territory.  People will start generating lists of downsides, potential problems and dump onto you their own deep seated fears.  

For the novice, these forces can slow you down.  The question is why?  Part of it comes from your circle of friends and family wanting stabilty for you.  The second is that people within your circle might be unfamiliar with the exploration and innovation culture.   What you need to do is to help them understand innovation and exploration.

PIONEERING INNOVATION
There is a art and science to innovation.  IDEO, http://www.ideo.com/, is a firm that is a world class design and innovation house.  Tom Kelley, the general partner at IDEO produced a great book called The Ten Faces of Innovation (http://www.tenfacesofinnovation.com/tenfaces/index.htm).  The different innovator profiles can help guide you and shed light on which type best describes yourself.  

In addition, Tim Brown of Ideo is an exceptional innovator and individual who has mastered the cinematic lense. 

EXPLORATION SPIRIT
Underlying all of these profiles is the spirit of exploration.  It is crucial to nurture and develop the exploration spirit.  It is what gives you the endurance and energy to experiment, generate ideas and connect with a wide and varied network of interesting individuals which can ultimately gel into a support network for an idea that you have properly explored and realized is one worth pioneering. 

Always keep that spirit burning bright.