This is a collection of articles that caught my attention this week with the theme of solopreneurs.
The life of an entrepreneur is tough enough, but doing it by yourself is something else all together. Running a business solo can certainly be rewarding, but there are pitfalls and risks: running out of clients, not being good at sales, non-paying clients, not being able to keep up with the competition, not charging enough for your services, or not being all-in to your project. The following articles will give you insight, options, and thoughts for the future to build your enterprise.
There's a path that new ideas tend to follow: ridiculous > radical > generally accepted.
If you are trying to make an exponential jump, or maybe the next big thing, you have to be willing to enter the realm of the absurd. It's here, in this conceptual space, that odd connections or unexpected ideas can form when connections are made between two or more unrelated things.
Forgetting what you know and suspending rational thought is the tough part because it can inhibit the flow of fresh thoughts. You can also talk yourself out of exploring concepts that seem strange or irrelevant.
When you start the creative process with nothing but acceptable ideas, all you tend to end up with is more of the same.
It's hard to say what the next big thing will be. People in the business of coolhunting and trendspotting only make educated guesses at what the future may hold. The clues are easy to spot if you know where to look and can connect the dots. However observant you may be, the trick is in understanding the trends.
Some people need data, while others seem to hack reality intuitively--connecting pieces, fragments, feelings, and parts of things they see or hear into a new whole that people have yet to perceive.
As exciting as the future may be, the truth is that creating the future starts with what you are doing right now. Whatever trends you may spot can be shifted subtly one way or the other depending on your intent.
Elon Musk's new project is getting attention and is similar to the concept that Iain Banks developed in his novel Surface Detail.
Additional articles can be found here:
Thoughts on transhumanism:
What is pattern recognition?
Here are 7 perspectives:
Never looking back. Leaving your old self behind. Moving on.
Why does it matter if you go back or not?
The thought patterns, habits, and routines that got you to this point are not the same ones that will carry you forward into the future.
Returning to where you started your journey never quite feels the same as when you first arrived. It may seem dated or you may perceive that people may be doing the same things--or you've grown.
After a period of travel you will have developed new frames of reference based on your experiences that will inform how you see reality. Although you've returned to where you started, it's as if you've returned to a different point in time. Ever expanding and contracting, time seems to snap back into place upon your return home.
This is one of my favorite exercises to stimulate creative thought.
The instructions are simple: Compare and contrast the two pictures. Look for commonalities and differences.
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