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Everyone can change the World. Fortunately, 99.99% of people think they cannot.




To Be Different vs. To Be Unique

  • To be different is to be not the same.

  • To be unique is to be one of its kind.

Think Differently

Innovator: 8 Winning Habits

  • Be different and make a difference!... More

Entrepreneurial Creativity: Yin-Yang Strategies


10 Commandments of Innovation



Pearls of Wisdom


What others apprise, the same you want to, what others avoid, the same you want to, that is why, you fail as others, how ridiculous it is!

~ Lao Tzu

When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

~ Confucius


Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream. >>>

~ Malcolm Muggeridge

Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?

~ Steve Jobs

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Glory may be fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom. If everybody else is doing it one way, there's a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the opposite direction.  >>>

~ Sam Walton

Do not follow the crowd. Ignore the market, the crowd, and its fashions.

~ Warren Buffett

A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.

~ Grace Hopper

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. >>>

~ Elbert Hubbard


IDEO's Innovation Practice Tips

  • Break rules and "fail forward" so that change is part of the culture, and little setback is experienced... More

Traditional Strategy versus Strategic Innovation

Traditional approaches

Strategic Innovation approach

Assumes a rule-maker/taker (defensive/follower) posture

Assumes a rule-breaker (revolutionary) posture


What Does Creativity Brings To Your Life?

  • Creativity brings a sense of self-worth and identity. It brings a reward, satisfaction, pride and accomplishment. Creativity celebrates the fact that you are different, by showing you a sense of purpose and a sense of your uniqueness... More


The Need To Be Different

Ask yourself, "What is possible?" and not, "what is somebody else doing?"

No one gets ahead by copying the status quo or imitating competitors. The concept of being unique or different is far more important today than it was ten years ago. In the emerging era of over-communication and hyper-competition, people are overwhelmed by choice – choice of information, ideas, products, and services. In this sea of choice, most customers have trouble making choices about buying decisions. Choosing among multiple options is always based on differences, implicit or explicit.

Two More Important Ingredients of Success

Being different for different’s sake is not enough. There must be real passion in your project and it should be true to your vision.

The Secret of Winning in Life

The secret of winning in life lies in seeing life differently – in its different shades and outcomes. "Life becomes a path that leads to achievements. Winners do not value life as much as what they can do with it. For them life is not a tedious journey from the womb to the tomb. It is a journey about crossing milestones and looking forward to new ones."10

New Realities and New Survival Strategies

In today's tidal wave of global economic, technological, and social change, that name of the game for you and your organization is survival. You are not going to survive in this new economy through technology innovation alone. If you are going to withstand relentless and constantly growing global competition, you need to be different and radically change the way of doing business. You have to give up the old hierarchical, adversarial approach which wastes individual talents and saps energy in unproductive conflict. Instead you need to create a new management model, switch from management to leadership, manage change, build trust, drive out fear of failure and create productive partnerships in which everyone can offer their unique knowledge and talents. If you know how to help your organization to do this, you can make a decisive difference.6

Challenge Assumptions

“Contrarian wisdom” has often been the winning approach and the key to success in life and business. Challenging assumptions and avoiding “herd mentality” has led to many discoveries and the emergence of many groundbreaking philosophies, scientific breakthroughs, and business innovations that have changed the world for the better... More

Ask Effective Questions

Open your mind to what is possible. Creativity requires an inquisitive mind. "Fresh, creative thoughts don't grow in the dry soil of mindless acceptance. Yet it is easy to go through your day without calling anything important into question."8 Effective learning questions can serve as a starting point for the assimilation of learning. Ask "why?" and "what if?" questions and develop "what-if" scenarios to discover new opportunities around you... More

Become a Greater Value Creator

To achieve a 360 success in all areas of your life and business, you must strive to create a greater – and unique! –  value for people around you. Just creating some value is not enough. You must be different.  You must become a star in their lives, so you must stretch... More

Avoid the Logical Trap

Don't let assumptions stifle your capacity. In our desire to think logically, we tend to organize everything into little compartments and keep it there... More

Take a Different View

It was by taking a different view of a traditional business that major innovations were achieved. To find a better creative solution to the current practice, force yourself to reframe the problem, to break down its components and assemble them in a different way... More

Lateral Thinking

Lateral thinking is concerned with generation of new ideas. It is also concerned with "breaking out of the concept prisons of old ideas."2... More

Managing the Transition

It is not enough to be different. Success comes through people, and most people don't like change because they don't like being changed. If you want to be different, you must recognize that people might not like or easily understand your new approach. For change to succeed, you'll have to overcome their resistance to change. You must be able to manage change.

Success Stories Best Business Practices Dell Inc.

What if the most important key that has made the growth of Dell?

"I think the most important factor has been our business model. The way we provide our products and services to our customers has been radically different from competitors," says Michael Dell... More

"Our success is due, in part, to not just an ability but a willingness to look at things differently. It is really dangerous if everyone in a company starts thinking the same way," says Michael Dell5, the Founder of Dell.   >>>

Success Stories Best Business Practices Ten3 Business e-Coach for Ten3 Licensed Trainers

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 How to survive and win in the era of over-communication and killer competition


Vadim Kotelnikov advice quotes

Dare to ask "Why?" questions to discover hidden problems. Dare to be different to ask "What If?" questions, invent unusual solutions, and break rules.

Vadim Kotelnikov

Vadim Kotelnikov, founder of 1000ventures - personal logo    Business e-Coach    Innompic Games icon


James Allen quotes

For true success ask yourself these four questions: ① Why?  ② Why not?  Why not me?  ④ Why not now?

James Allen


Nikola Tesla invention quotes

They called me crazy when I predicted the radio and when I sent the first impulse around the world they said it couldn’t be done.




Robert Kiyosaki quotes

The fear of being different prevents most people from seeking new ways to solve their problems.





  1. Differentiate or Die, Jack Trout with Steve Rivkin

  2. Lateral Thinking, Edward de Bono

  3. Get Smart", Management Success Newsletter by Brian Tracy

  4. 1001 Ways to Take Initiative, Bob Nelson

  5. Direct from Dell, Michael Dell with Catherine Fredman

  6. Making a Difference, Bruce Nixon

  7. 101 Ways To Generate Great Ideas, Timothy R.V. Foster

  8. Creativity, Alexander Hiam

  9. The Leader's Guide To Lateral Thinking Skills, Paul Sloane

  10. Suhel Seth, the Foreword for "Winner Win and Losers Lose", N. Thornely and D. Lees

  11. Radical Innovation, Harvard Business School

  12. First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman