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.”
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
Scott Dinsmore: How to Find Work you Love
Startup of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself and Transform Your Career
Author: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
Be a Hospitalian
Cooking up a Business
Author: Rachel Hofstetter
How to speak so that people want to listen
Secrets of Dynamic Communication: Prepare with focus, deliver with clarity, speak with power
Author: Ken Davis
On Pitching to VCs
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
The Single Biggest Reason Why Startups Succeed
Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Enterpreneur
Author: Derek Sivers