“This Kickstarter project is only the beginning of what I intend to create…..It’s time to motivate our girls to help build our future.”
— Debbie Sterling, Creator of GoldieBlox
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
— Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert Comics
For those readers who have been following me, and thanks so much for that 🙂 you’ll know that I like to write a blog series. Lately, I’ve been writing about creativity and why it matters in entrepreneurship and in life. I’ve been inspired to really think about this and write about this in a way that goes beyond a simple list of ways to be creative. Not that lists are bad! As an educator turned social entrepreneur, I’m very fond of my to-do list, especially when it’s fueled by my why-do list.
But I want to take time to ponder and share some deeper thoughts about the implications of creativity in the iEra and in the workplace.
3. I have recently attended a variety of woman entrepreneur events; standing united with the Sisterhood, especially those who understand that creativity is not just a buzzword but a catalyst, a gift to others to cherish and nurture.
I attended the eWomenNetwork Central NJ event this week and met many accomplished women. Women like Robyn Stratton-Berkessel, whose creative and fun TED Talk is a must see for all people, no matter which industry one is in. In learning about these great women and what they do, I learned new truths about creativity and how important it is to spark creativity in others. I learned that women truly are hardwired to be collaborative and creative about problem solving; the raison d’être of today’s entrepreneur. One who needs to be all about purpose, not just profit; something I write about often, and did again last week here and on LinkedIn.
I also attended the WomanCon 2014 event this week and met many successful women. Women like Dr. Susan Duffy who provided a very humorous and spot-on analysis about the power of today’s woman entrepreneur. One who decisively and methodically connects the dots thereby fostering her own creativity. That is so important!
So that she can:
• Understand the gender piece so that she networks better.
• Maximize strengths and talents so that she views her endeavors through a different lens.
• Build a support team or actual company team so that she complements her strengths.
It’s something that Nelly Yusupova also spoke about, when she addressed the room full of women still trying to figure out the relationship between coding and creativity, and between project management and coding.
It’s a beautiful showcase of women entrepreneurs at the crossroads of productivity. Where the mind’s inner eye is tamed by the outer eye’s view. Where one’s inner landscape shapes one’s outer one; one thought and deed at a time. Where creativity, drive, passion, and the human journey meet. Where mistakes are viewed as detours which lead to increased opportunity for growth, learning, and yes, creativity.
You can find my story there too, or just click here.
To be continued….