Entrepreneur Innovation Challenge

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As entrepreneurs we often struggle with the never-ending flow of work while trying to keep 10 different plates spinning without crashing. The problem with this pace is we often forgot about personal innovation. If you stop improving yourself you will eventually fall to the back of the pack.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

-Steve Jobs

Here’s the challenge:

-30 minutes per day

-Watch 1 TED Talk and read 1 Blink per day Monday-Friday. Take the weekends off.

-A Blink is a short 15-minute summary of key concepts of a book. (www.blinkist.com)

It may sound like a big commitment but it’s easier than you think. Blinkist offers audio versions for most books; I get through my daily innovation while walking the dog.

Just to make sure there are no excuses for not giving this challenge a try, I have put together a list for you. Each day has a Ted Talk and a Blink with a similar theme. Topics range from entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, productivity, and general life hacks. Week 1 is below, check back to the blog each week for a new list. www.Ventureformations.com/blog

Day 1

TED Talk:

Scott Dinsmore: How to Find Work you Love

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpe-LKn-4gM

Book:

Startup of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself and Transform Your Career

Author: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

https://app.blinkist.com/en/blinks/startup-of-you-en/

Day 2

TED Talk:

Be a Hospitalian

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH2L_uNkt-Y

Book:

Cooking up a Business

Author: Rachel Hofstetter

Link: https://app.blinkist.com/en/reader/cooking-up-a-business-en/

Day 3

TED Talk:

How to speak so that people want to listen

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIho2S0ZahI

Book:

Secrets of Dynamic Communication: Prepare with focus, deliver with clarity, speak with power

Author: Ken Davis

Link: https://app.blinkist.com/en/blinks/secrets-of-dynamic-communication-en/

Day 4

TED Talk:

On Pitching to VCs

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzDBrMisLm0

Book:

What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know: An Insider Reveals How to Get Smart Funding for Your Billion-Dollar Idea

Brian S. Cohen and John Kador

Link: https://app.blinkist.com/en/blinks/what-every-angel-investor-wants-you-to-know-en/

Day 5

TED Talk:

The Single Biggest Reason Why Startups Succeed

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNpx7gpSqbY

Book:

Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Enterpreneur

Author: Derek Sivers

Link: https://app.blinkist.com/en/blinks/anything-you-want-en/