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Where Do Innovators Go for Inspiration?

In this conversation with Darren Hardy, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil talks about the people who inspire him to keep innovating. Kurzweil, who is featured in our October 2014 issue of SUCCESS, credits his family with encouraging his passion.

“They really believe in the power of human ideas,” Kurzweil says. “If there’s a problem…you can solve that. You, personally, can come up with the solutions.”

Find out what famous historical figure Kurzweil also identifies with in this clip.

Who inspires you? Tell us below!

Find out 6 ways you can be a change-maker.

Why All Leaders Need to Innovate

All modern leaders need to be able to innovate, says Jeff Dyer, author of The Innovator's Method: Bringing the Lean Start-up into Your OrganizationIn this talk with Darren Hardy, Dyer discusses today’s uncertain marketplace and the role that innovation plays in a company’s lifespan.

“There’s a lot more competition and there are a lot more ideas being thrown out on the marketplace today than there were, say, 25, 30, 40 years ago,” Dyer says.

How have you kept up with a changing marketplace? Tell us in the comments below!

Be sure to check out Jeff Dyer’s advice on how to pivot your startup.

How to Pivot Like a Business Pro

In this talk with Darren Hardy, BYU professor Jeff Dyer explains how pivoting can keep your business viable in a changing marketplace. As the co-author of The Innovator's Method: Bringing the Lean Start-up into Your Organization and a co-founder of a startup himself, Dyer knows a thing or two about pivoting.

“In basketball, you plant one foot—that’s your pivot foot—and then you can use the other foot to pivot, or change your field of vision,” Dyer says. “But you don’t completely abandon your current location.”

Dyer gives details on when, why and how to pivot and shares an example of a business that knows how to pivot like a pro.

Have you ever pivoted in your business? Share your story in the comments below!

10 Tips to Help You Innovate

In this entertaining TEDx Talk, author, entrepreneur and former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki delivers his top 10 tips to help you create meaningful, successful innovations in today's world.

"[Innovation] starts with the desire to make meaning as opposed to make money," he says. "Making meaning means that you change the world."

What did you think of Kawasaki's top 10? Comment below!

Check out Guy Kawasaki's top 10 tips for marketing with social media.

Why Changing Your Focus Can Close the Sale

Have you ever noticed that the harder you push to close a sale, the less likely you are to make a deal? Jill Konrath, author of Agile Selling: Get Up to Speed Quickly in Today's Ever-Changing Sales World, explains why focusing on closing a sale can ultimately undermine your success.

"The more I wanted to to close a sale—or should I say, needed to close a sale—the less likely I was to get it. Why?" she asks. "Because my focus was on me and not my prospect."

Has your eagerness ever gotten in the way of a big sale? Share your story below!

Check out Jill Konrath's method for handling sales rejection.


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