Article after article and guru after guru promise us success if we become more innovative or entrepreneurial or demonstrate more grit or allow our inner creativity to flourish or become more strategic. The list could go on, but you get my point. Of course, there is nothing wrong with this list and endeavoring to improve along any of these lines.
The accompanying discussion about these approaches usually includes the question: Are you born with ____ or can you develop it? The answer is almost always that you can develop it. There is truth in that, which is encouraging, but I’m concerned that it’s not the right focus and inadvertently distracts us from another more practical and productive angle. Read More