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Remain Skeptical

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Doubt on purpose.  Doubt in order to jump start different thinking and experiment, rising above the ordinary.

Narrow-mindedness is accepting things by default. Life requires diversity which begets progress.

Nevertheless, skepticism is only one step one in redefining existence.

Thinking different is a cop-out if there’s no creative work to back it up.

Skeptics are as equally as responsible as conformists.  They have to convert questioning into viable action. Naturally, the next is doing the work.

It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. – Scott Belsky

The biggest hurdle in any creative process though is communicating it effectively and converting the work into sales. Creativity is one part making and equal part commerce.

Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art. – Andy Warhol

If your work matters, then it’ll probably matter to others as you convince them to share your labor of love.

In summary, here are the steps to maximizing skepticism:

  1. Think Different.
  2. Take positive, creative action.
  3. Communicate effectively.
  4. Sell your idea/art.

Uniqueness is a prompt for action, not an excuse to sit back and mock what’s already been done.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things the matter. – Martin Luther King Jr.

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Skepticism

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We need a little skepticism to be free thinkers. Doubt is what pushes is to think outside the box. But we have to balance uncertainty with the facts, the stuff that works.

Skepticism, like coffee, is the jolt we need to reexamine habits. It gets us started. As the questioning fades, we come back to the realization that some things are valid and unchanging for a good reason.

You only break things to make them better. The whole is the sum of the parts. The iPhone broke Nokia and Blackberry. Apple is working to disrupt the television as we know it. Apple may fail.

Every invention/reinvention gets put to the test. Acceptance signals what’s working. Marketing usually helps with that.

Innovation starts at the bottom of S-curve and then peaks out. Those that ride the wave at the top will win for some time before burning out. Those that ride the wave of opportunity and remain skeptic and open to improvement will likely make another lasting change.

There is no guarantee but the willingness to try and make fact.