Scott Adams was not the funniest person in the world, but he knew how to tell a good joke.
He wasn’t the greatest artist in the world, but he could draw a decent cartoon.
When he put the two of these skills together, he created the award-winning comic strip, Dilbert, and was able to leave his day job in a shimmering cloud of fame and glory.
The word “entrepreneur” means taking things (preneur) from between (entre). Literally being the “middleman.” But it can also mean putting two things together.
Like putting together the cell phone and the touch screen to invent smartphones. Or mixing peanut butter and chocolate to create Reese’s.
If there’s one real meta-skill that everyone should be learning in order to prepare for the next 50 years of the world, that skill is entrepreneurial thinking.
What two ideas can you put together? Can this kind of thinking be practiced, programmed, developed and trained?
When you write, you’re essentially putting together separate ideas in a new way. For example, what can you do if you’re an expert at math and psychology? Isaac Asimov turned that into the basis for his best-selling Foundation Trilogy.
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Could you combine your favorite sport and your favorite food? Build a vehicle out of a power tool? (Or vice-versa?).
How would you write a book about a screwdriver?
Last week we looked into thinking like a computer. This week, I challenge you to think like an entrepreneur.