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Monday, September 14, 2009

CREATIVITY IN BUSINESS KEEPS IT HEALTHY

The creative faculty becomes more alert and receptive to factors originating outside the individual's subconscious mind, the more this faculty is used, and the more the individual relies upon it and makes demands upon it for thought impulses. This faculty can be cultivated and developed only through use. Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich.

Have you ever noticed that businesses are always changing their advertising tactics, products, methods of  presentation and retailing, etc.? Fast food restaurants come up with new menus even though the old ones are still selling well. Why is that? Creativity stirs up consumer interest. Consumer interest produces sales. Sales generate income.

Technology is constantly changing. First it was reel-to-reel tapes. Then came 8-track. Soon cassettes took over only to be outdated by CDs. Now it's MP3s, Ipods and on and on into the future. Television became more popular than radio. Then videos were the big thing. It didn't take long for DVDs to appear, then Blue Ray, now HDs. What's next? Computer technology changes almost monthly. Buy a computer today and in six months it's been replaced with something better, something that does the job faster, has more options.

This creativity is a power to be harnessed by business owners. It is a power that resides within, not something you can purchase or collect from without. But it has to be developed by use.

Mr. Edison tried out more than 10,000 different combinations of ideas through the synthetic faculty of his imagination before he "tuned in" through the creative faculty, and got the answer which perfected the incandescent light. Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich.

Creativity, as Mr. Hill said, must be put into practice. We start small, then use that to increase our creative ability. Without applying this ability to create to our businesses, they will cease to grow. Others will take our place. Others with creative ideas for sales, advertising, promotion, etc.

Do you think you do not have this faculty? Listen to what Mr. Hill had to say about that in the same book: I discovered, from the analysis of over 25,000 people, that men who succeed in an outstanding way, seldom do so before the age of forty, and more often they do not stride their real pace until they are well beyond the age of fifty. You've still got time.

I love the poetry of Edgar A. Guest. When I was a teenager my father listened to the Detroit radio station at dinner time. I fondly recall listening to Bud Guest reciting his father's poems. I have since acquired some of his books of poetry and cherish them. One poem always brings a smile: I Ain't Dead Yet. It portrays the attitude of some network marketers who have given up on their business. But it also gives hope that things don't necessarily have to remain as they are now.

I AIN'T DEAD YET by Edgar A. Guest

Time was I used to worry and I'd sit around an' sigh,
And think with every ache I got that I was goin' to die,
I'd see disaster comi' from a dozen different ways
An' prophesy calamity an' dark and dreary days.
But I've come to this conclusion, that it's foolishness to fret;
I've had my share o' sickness, but I
                                  Ain't
                                       Dead
                                              Yet!

Wet springs have come to grieve me an' I've grumbled at the showers,
But I can't recall a June-time that forgot to bring the flowers.
I've had my business troubles, and looked failure in the face,
But the crashes I expected seemed to pass right by the place.
So I'm takin' life more calmly, pleased with everything I get,
An' not over-hurt by losses, 'cause I
                                   Ain't
                                       Dead
                                              Yet!

I've feared a thousand failures an' a thousand deaths I've died,
I've had this world in ruins by the gloom I've prophesied.
But the sun shines out this mornin' an' the skies above are blue,
An' with all my griefs an' trouble, I have somehow lived 'em through.
There may be cares before me, much like those that I have met;
Death will come some day an' take me, but I
                                     Ain't
                                          Dead
                                                 Yet!

Let's learn a lesson from this gentle poet who looked at life in the slow lane. If we've still got life in us, then we have creativity within. If we have creativity, we have the ability to put it to use. We can be successful in business if we stop moaning about what hasn't happened, what we can't do, how everything seems to be against us, that we will only fail again and let's move ahead to create a life of success and prosperity. If you're reading this, you ain't dead yet!

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