Articles Tagged ‘Creativity’

12 Great Ways to “Capture” the Power of Innovation and Take More Positive Action Within Your Own Life

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

I love checklists. They serve as powerful reminders to help insure that we get things done and focus in on what’s most important. I recently went back to the third book in the Mind Capture series and pulled this from chapter six titled, Innovation Trumps Mediocrity, and wanted to share it as helpful reminder of a few things you can do to improve both your business and life.

#1. Study and read in multiple disciplines

#2. Always maintain curiosity as to why things are the way they are

#3. Listen for problems in your market or industry and create or find ways to solve them

#4. Learn how great organizations get ahead and model their success within your business

#5. Always capture and record great ideas immediately when they strike by having a pen and paper ready

#6. Bounce new ideas off of key associates, customers and those you network with online and offline

#7. Circulate by attending new events

#8. Hang around successful people and soak in their wisdom and ideas

#9. Make it a goal to implement one new idea into your business at least once a week

#10. Get in better physical shape so you can cultivate more mental and physical energy

#11. Ask questions and make it a goal to learn at least one new thing per day that advances your goals

#12. Build leisure and goof off time within your busy schedule as many of the best ideas will hit you when you least expect it and are in a relaxed state of mind.

Tony Rubleski
Mind Capture
616-638-39121
www.mindcapturegroup.com

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NVS Design – Chatting with Chad (Brittian)

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Our focus today is on NVS Design, Inc. Owned by Chad Brittian, it is a boutique design agency offering a wide range of services to its clients.

Chad, when did you start your company and why?

I started it in January 2010. I felt that there wasn’t a company in Indianapolis that offered new, innovative, and contemporary graphic design. Florida and California are often seen as the leaders in the creative department and I wanted to break the barrier and show that there are just as talented individuals/companies in the Midwest.

In a nutshell what does NVS Design provide?

At NVS Design we provide everything from something as simple as a logo to something as complex as a full vehicle graphic wrap.

Services offered:
Logo Design
Website Design and Hosting
Brochure Design
Business Cards
Letterheads/envelopes
Invitations
Newsletters
Posters/signage
Apparel
Complete Vehicle and wall graphics
Marketing/Advertising services

Were you always destined to own a design company?

I knew from the time I could hold a pencil that I liked to draw. Throughout my adolescence I took every opportunity I could that involved designing. As I approached my final years of high school I started to ponder, how I would be able to utilize my talent towards a career I could be proud of. By my junior year of high school, after I saw an ad in Hot Rod Magazine for the Chevrolet Camaro I knew I was hooked. It was amazing to see the creativity behind the ad and see something on paper really come to life. I wanted to be able to share my ideas with companies that could profit from my creativity, and utilize my ability to design and draw. I researched more about the possibilities available and decided that Advertising and Graphic Design to be right up my alley.

Tell us about the start-up of your company.

I remember when I first decided to start out on my new venture how scared and unsure I was. I also had quite a few people think I was a little crazy to start a new business in an economy on a downward spiral, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me. For the first year I worked out of my home, obtaining clients anyway I could. The name of my company helped in getting my work noticed, a simple play on words — NVS Design playing off of the word envious. At first I wasn’t sure if the name would work because so may people asked me what the letters N V S stood for without realizing the double entendre. Once I explained the phrasing it really stayed with these potential clients. I was even being told later that the reason some of these potential leads went with my company was because they remembered the name and wanted their business to be envied because of their design.

I started designing for next to nothing just to get my ideas out into the world. As my work began to expand I started to meet some of the more influential people of Indianapolis with the connections that I needed to ensure my business’ success. After several events with Ovar’ Coming Together which is the Ovarian Cancer Society of Indiana I was able to connect to Down Syndrome Indiana which gave me the opportunity to be a part of one of the Indianapolis 500 events.

With exposure for my design and additional opportunities coming my way I knew it was time to expand. As I worked I began to learn a lot about my field, and what it was like to care so much about what I was doing. This was my baby and it embodied what I stood for and what I had worked so hard to achieve. After joining several networking groups in the Indianapolis area, and going to several events so that I could begin to get my company recognized I finally really began to increase my volume and make this passion turn into a true career.

With a client base that spans from California to Florida I feel we have really begun to take off. With new services such as vehicle graphics and 3D video animation added to our wide array of services I feel we are headed in the right direction of being a one stop shop for any business looking to expand their business’ marketing and strengthen their brand identity into something they can truly be proud of.

What motivates you to do this business?
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HAVE YOU STOPPED LOOKING FOR “YOUR LITTLE BIT OF LUCK?”

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Are things not going your way? Are you out of luck? Someone said to me, “All I need is a little luck.” It reminded me of the lottery commercial with the tiny guy who calls himself “a little bit of luck.” I decided to think about luck.

Last week I went to a tag sale and found the perfect leather bound small suitcase. I had been looking for one to use as a cabinet in my bathroom. I saw one in an antique store and I loved it but it was too expensive. The woman at the tag sale had three to sell, all different sizes but didn’t want to split them up. (I’m not sure why I didn’t buy all three, I could have probably resold the other two.) The key to this story is they were perfect and it was lucky that I found them but despite my bit of luck I didn’t purchase them. Sometimes we just don’t recognize luck.

I left the woman my name and told her I would call her on Monday and if they weren’t sold maybe she would work a deal for me. This is what I call, “pushing your luck.”

Monday came and went and I finally called her on Tuesday. She laughed and said she had waited for me to call on Monday because she still had the suitcases. Unfortunately since she hadn’t heard from me she sold them 10 minutes ago to someone else for 1/2 the price. Luck was with me in both instances and I didn’t jump. I asked myself, do I ignore luck? I can’t go home and say I lost out, luck had given me the chance.

Luck is always with us; sometimes in disguise. It’s up to us to look at situations and ask ourselves the question, is this the luck I’ve been looking for? Or are you filled with self-doubt and wouldn’t know luck if you fell over it? Luck may be a chance meeting with an interesting person but you don’t get their name. We have a column in our local newspaper called “chance meeting.” It’s where people describe their “sightings” of beautiful people who they’ve fallen in love with from afar. Of course they never approached their new love and went away with terrible feelings of longing. And then what do they do? They put an ad in the “chance meeting,” describing the place, day and circumstances surrounding their nonexistent encounter. It seems they’ve missed their simple luck and now they’re looking for a miracle.

I believe luck is all around us but you must look. My friend who religiously shops tag sales buying jewelry finally found a 10 carat diamond ring with a platinum setting! For years he has buying piles of old jewelry with the hopes he would have a little luck. Last week he got it. How did he find his luck, he kept looking.
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The World Needs You to Step Up and Take Action

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

No one can save you but yourself. You must reengage your talents, ideas, habits, knowledge base, associations and dreams to turn things around in your own life. The bailout mentality is a short term illusion that does not solve long-term problems. If we’re to turn the economy around it will require you to move past the status quo thinking of “security” to a new paradigm of trusting in your own God-given abilities and working on them relentlessly. My friend Patrick Snow describes this process as “creating your own destiny” and he’s spot on with his assessment.

Great ideas and solutions are always present. The challenge for most of us is to capture them when they strike and act on them. There’s no shortage of ideas. The world has millions of great ideas floating around looking for the right person to seize and mold them into physical form. The real challenge is a shortage of belief in the ideas, and an even greater shortage of those who act on them.

12 great ways to “Capture” the power of innovation and
take more positive action within your life:

#1. Study and read in multiple disciplines

#2. Always maintain curiosity as to why things are the way they are

#3. Listen for problems in your market or industry and create or find ways to solve them

#4. Learn how great organizations get ahead and model their success within your business

#5. Always capture and record great ideas immediately when they strike by having a pen and paper ready

#6. Bounce new ideas off of key associates, customers, and those you network with online and offline

#7. Circulate by attending new events

#8. Hang around successful people and soak in their wisdom and ideas

#9. Make it a goal to implement one new idea into your business at least once a week

#10. Get in better physical shape so you can cultivate more mental and physical energy

#11. Ask questions and make it a goal to learn at least one new thing per day that advances your goals

#12. Build leisure and goof off time within your busy schedule as many of the best ideas will hit you when you least expect it and are in a relaxed state of mind

By the way, check out Tony’s new book, “Mind Capture: How to Awaken Your Entrepreneurial Genius in a Time of Great Economic Change” from which this article is an excerpt.

Tony Rubleski
Mind Capture
1-800-420-1450
www.mindcapturegroup.com

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