Young at Heart: How to Be an Innovator for Life

Title: Young at Heart: How to Be an Innovator for Life
Date: 2008-11-12
Speaker: Tom Kelley (IDEO)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
Be childlike as often as possible. Be childish as little as you can.
The surefire way to spot an American overseas is to look at their shoes.
If you can have a higher state of awareness than the people around you have then you will spot more opportunities.
Yogi Berra said, “You can observe a lot by watching.”
Proust said, “The real act of discovery consists not of finding new land but in seeing with new eyes.”
Sometimes the answer to, “What did we just see there?” is an opportunity.
Think like a traveler. Be an anthropologist.
Treat life as an experiment.
Be willing to fail.
Ideally you’re failing forward. (You’re failing in a way that has a little bit of learning attached.)
It isn’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It is what you know for sure that ain’t so.
Bring your right brain into play.
Growing ideas takes time.
Take some time to daydream so that you can engage the tortoise mind.
Know what your muse is.
If you can blur the line between work and play…that is almost the formula for great wealth.
Be willing to look silly in front of your peers. Sometimes experimentation requires that.
Follow your passions.
Nurture, build, and reinforce your own creativity.