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Innovation, Inspiration and Infants

We are all born creative. We just got it educated out of us. -  @ThamKhaiMeng

Born creative

I spent Tuesday at Internet World promoting the new .London domain on the Dot London stand which I was pleased to be doing as it’s probably one of the most promising of the new top level domains being released this year.  However, If you’ve ever manned a trade show stand for any length of time, no matter how interesting the product or solution you’re promoting may be, the experience is generally  less than joyful lol.

The highlight of my day was in fact the arrival of three young boys aged between about 11 and 13, at first I thought nothing of their presence until I heard them speaking quite articulately to one of my colleagues about domains, their website, a game they had created and how the three of them had formed a partnership to realise their idea.

I actually felt so emotional and filled with pride at their enthusiasm, determination and creativity that anyone would have thought they were related to me and not three strangers that I had just met (I think that type of emotional overflow is one of the weird side effects of motherhood). According to the father that was with them, under 18′s aren’t typically allowed to these trade shows and they had to apply especially for the rules to be waivered,  I was so inspired by them it got me thinking about how kids inspire me in general.

I just love that children are not deterred by barriers; their natural inclination is to get under them, around them or over them and there is much we can learn from this attitude.

We often hear that if you want to be great it pays to follow and take notes from those that have tread the path before us, I believe that there is great value in that  and it’s one of the reasons business mentors are so important. However, I also think there is much to be learnt from our children and young people,  so I thought I’d share 3 things I’ve learnt from mine:

1.   They are totally unrealistic

We as adults are often hindered by what we feel is ‘realistic’, that is what is ‘sensible’, ‘practical’, ‘achievable’ and ‘expected’, which is fine but limiting if you want to achieve anything significant in life.

Children just flow with their imagination, and embrace the possibilities, the issue of whether or not something is ‘realistic’ never pops into their heads. As we get older we loose this ability to think freely and often impose invisible boundaries on ourselves. I am by no means encouraging recklessness, there are indeed times when realism serves us well. But, we’ll also do well to  free ourselves from what is ‘realistic’ sometimes and pursue those things  we once dreamed about. If others have done so and succeeded why not you?

Richard Branson certainly wasn’t thinking about what was realistic when he founded Virgin Galactic and decided to make space tourism a reality.

2.   They have mastered the art of  ‘bouncebackability’

Children just aren’t discouraged by failure, they just get up and go again. Often we’re paralysed by failure or the fear of it, but there comes a point when you’ve just got to feel the fear and do it anyway. In the words of Tim Storey a set back is a set-up for a come back”.

3.  They have an incredible capacity and willingness to learn

Children have such a thirst for knowledge and never stop asking questions, I’m often fascinated by my children’s capacity to learn and retain information, their brains are indeed like sponges.  As we get older our thirst for knowledge tends to cease and we get bogged down in what we already know, which can limit not only our thinking but also our prospects. There is an extricable link between economic prosperity and the ability to acquire knowledge.

One of my favourite Bible verses is 1 Corinthians 2:9 which says:

But as it is written: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”

I believe there are things that God has for us that we haven’t even imagined.

I’m reading a book at the moment called ‘Faith For Like: Overcoming Everyday Challenges’ and in it Bishop Keith A. Butler says:

“God gave you imagination not so that you could make movies with nine-feet tall blue people in a tree. God gave you imagination so that you could see the promise in advance.”

Richard Branson could see the reality of space tourism in his minds eye probably way before he founded Virgin Galactic. Today, not only has the commercial spacecraft been built, but as seen in the video above it has just completed it’s third test flight into space.

So finally, my question is – what can you see on the inside of you and what are you going to do about it?

Speak soon,
Katrina

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Live Life Learning

In this post I really want to encourage you to pursue lifelong learning and use every experience in your life whether good or bad as an opportunity to learn and grow.

One of my favourite quotes is, “The more you know is the more you realise you don’t know”.

This quote has always humbled me and built in me a continuous thirst for knowledge, knowledge that has equipped and prepared me throughout my life.

The Bible says in Proverbs 18:15;

“An intelligent man acquires knowledge and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge”

So I encourage you to seek knowledge and pursue lifelong learning it will pay great dividends in your life.

This week I have been absolutely spoilt with learning opportunities;

Earlier this week I spent two and a half days completing the last module of leadership training that I’ve been doing for the past year. It’s actually been one of the best courses I’ve been on (perhaps I’ll tell you about it one of these days), to be honest I was more sad than I thought to say goodbye at the end of the course and it actually felt like a mild form of ‘mourning’.

However, that’s not why I’m wearing black I’m actually about to go into another significant learning experience. I’m in a hotel in Frankfurt about to go down to the annual management meeting held by my employer each year where 4-500 senior managers within the company from across the world, meet to network and hear from the Board of Directors.

I have to tell you these events use to intimidate me and build in me such insecurity, the thought of being amongst people who I perceived as better, smarter and more successful than me used to generate such fear. THANK GOD THOSE DAYS ARE OVER now these are simply opportunities for me to learn and let the light God has given me shine.

So I encourage you to live life learning – let no situation in your life intimidate or defeat you just use it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Blessings,

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Don’t grow weary in doing good

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This morning as I was getting ready for work this Bible verse came to mind:

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up - Galatians 6:9

I love my life for the most part, but in all honesty some days if I focused on the mammoth task list ahead of me, I seriously would not get out of bed in the morning. Sometimes doing good seems like the biggest chore in the world and you just want to say; “forget it!” and go back to bed.

So I do three things at times like these:

1.   Chunk-it:

I tackle my day in manageable chunks. I write down exactly what I have to do  - I then do my best to focus entirely on one task at a time – sometimes it’s the very act of trying to hold so much info in your head at once that is most stressful. Our brains can only actually hold a few thoughts at a time before dropping balls.

2.    Visualise the big picture:

I remind myself that the little choices I make today, will lead to a great future for me and my family tomorrow. In fact I actually have a dream book with pictures and written descriptions of the life I aspire to have and I remind myself of the achievements that have already been made.

3.    I let go and let God:

We can only do what we can do and often the pressure we put on ourselves far out ways what others put on us. So I remind myself that if I do my best, God will do the rest.

I believe it’s so important to have clear goals and a strong sense of direction, in essence ‘A purpose driven life’ – purpose will propel you.

If you have more top tips for these moments of weariness, feel free to share in the comments box :)

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