Be Different and Make a Difference! Innovation e-Coach Be Different and Make a Difference! (inspirational quotes) Be Different and Make a Difference! Tips on How To Achieve Great Success

The Need To Be Different

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." ~ Oscar Wilde

"What others apprise, the same you want to, what others avoid, the same you want to, that is why, you fail as others, how ridiculous it is!" ~ Lao Tzu

The secret of winning in life lies in seeing life differently – in its different shades and outcomes. No one gets ahead by copying the status quo or imitating competitors.

4 WHYs of True Success

The concept of being different or unique is far more important today than it was ten years ago. If you are going to withstand relentless and constantly growing global competition, you need to be different and radically change the way of doing business. Today, people are overwhelmed by choice – choice of information, ideas, products, and services. In this sea of choice, most customers have trouble making choices about buying decisions. Choosing among multiple options is always based on differences, implicit or explicit.

"There is but one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way."
~ Christopher Morley

Ask Effective Questions

Creativity requires an inquisitive mind. "Fresh, creative thoughts don't grow in the dry soil of mindless acceptance. Yet it is easy to go through your day without calling anything important into question." Effective learning questions can serve as a starting point for the assimilation of learning. Ask "why?" and "what if?" questions and develop "what-if" scenarios to discover new opportunities around you.

Find the Difference that Makes the Difference

If two situations or processes seem very similar but have different outcomes, it is important to look for any differences between them, and then to find out which of those differences is the key to the different outcome. Contrastive analysis is a tool that helps you to find out what differences make the difference and, thus, tells you where you need to take action. In contrastive analysis, you are contrasting similarities and differences between one situation and another to find the difference that is significant.

Lessons from Sam Walton, Founder of Wall-Mart

"Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom,” advised Sam Walton. “If everybody else is doing it one way, there's a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the opposite direction. But be prepared for a lot of folks to wave you down and tell you you're headed the wrong way. I guess in all my years, what I heard more often than anything was: a town of less than 50,000 population cannot support a discount store for very long.“  >>>


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