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The Five Excuses: Overcoming Barriers and Acting Upon Your Best Ideas.

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Presentation from the 2014 Creativity World Forum in Kortrijk, Belgium on November 6, 2014.

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The Five Excuses: Overcoming Barriers and Acting Upon Your Best Ideas.

  1. 1. The Five Excuses: Overcoming barriers and acting upon your best ideas. Matthew Homann ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. My name is Matt Homann and I suffer from Idea Surplus Disorder. Twitter: @matthomann ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. These are the slides from my talk at the Creativity World Forum in Kortrijk, Belgium. 11 November 2014 ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
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  5. 5. My problem wasn’t having great ideas. It was having to do something with them. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
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  7. 7. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved Here are my five excuses, and the lessons I’ve learned as I’ve overcome them.
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  9. 9. My First Excuse Priority
  10. 10. The world is filled with great ideas craving the attention of their distracted owners. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
  11. 11. If you’re not compelled to act upon your idea, it was never really yours to begin with. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
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  13. 13. My Second Excuse Novelty
  14. 14. “In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts.” Ralph Waldo Emerson ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
  15. 15. Most who’ve had your great idea before have done as little with it as you. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
  16. 16. Problems are rarely more “obvious” than at the precise moment someone solves them. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
  17. 17. The most “obvious” problems are best at hiding from those who fail to look for them. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
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  19. 19. My Third Excuse Validity
  20. 20. Your peers don’t challenge your best ideas because they fear you’ll fail. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
  21. 21. They challenge your ideas because they’re afraid you’ll change faster than they can. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
  22. 22. Truly great ideas are selfish companions. They won’t rest until you change yourself to serve their needs. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
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  24. 24. My Fourth Excuse Security
  25. 25. Others aren’t interested in stealing your ideas. They’re far too busy ignoring their own. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
  26. 26. Your reluctance to share says more about you than it does about the quality of your idea. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
  27. 27. The best ideas flourish when they spend time in the company of others. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
  28. 28. My Fifth Excuse Community
  29. 29. Though it feels safer to fail alone than to fail with others, it is far easier to succeed with others than to succeed alone. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
  30. 30. The single most important skill to possess is the ability to place your trust in others. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
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  32. 32. The biggest barriers to your idea are rarely erected by anyone other than you. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
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  34. 34. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved The world is filled with others giving the exact same same excuses as you.
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  36. 36. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved The moment you realize your challenges can be overcome with the support of others...
  37. 37. ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved There is no limit to the incredible things you will be able to accomplish!
  38. 38. Thank you! ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
  39. 39. My name is Matt Homann and I own Kendeo and co- founded Invisible Girlfriend. Kendeo.com / InvisibleGirlfriend.com ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved
  40. 40. Here’s how you can reach me: matt@kendeo.com @matthomann LinkedIn.com/in/Homann ⓒ 2014 Matthew Homann All Rights Reserved

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