On Being Ahead Of Your Time

I just finished a brilliant interview with Mark Simpson of www.ExceleratedSuccess.com.

Mark is teamed up with his wife, Bria Simpson, a six-figure marketing mentor, and he uses his creative visionary abilities to help entrepreneurs develop their own successful creative visions for their businesses.  In the past, Mark designed, owned, and ran a children’s museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Along those lines, he cites Walt Disney and Dr. Seuss as two of the most successful, creative visionaries of our time. I couldn’t agree more.

Mark shared with me a favorite quote of his by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) that helps keep him inspired and on track, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Here’s a bit of what I gleaned from Mark about how successful creative visionaries thrive:

  1. Be willing to take risks.
  2. Trust your own instincts.
  3. Have a deeply rooted support system firmly in place of people who believe in you.
  4. Channel your creative visions into real and tangible outcomes.
  5. Stay inspired by staying tapped into your big picture vision — remember all the lives you will or are touching.
  6. Keep your distance from the people who doubt you.
  7. The only person to please is yourself.
  8. Be willing to take a leap of faith (or many).
  9. Be willing “fail” and learn from your mistakes.
  10. Stay focused on your big picture vision.
  11. Don’t get caught up in the day-to-day minutia. Instead, delegate and surround yourself with people who have strengths in those areas.
  12. Have people around you who believe in you and ways to stay connected in the world socially. That helps balance the isolation that can come from having a vision that other people may not “get.”

Here are some characteristics of creative visionaries we touched on.

  • Out there
  • Ahead of their time
  • Ahead of the curve
  • Standing out
  • Misunderstood
  • Hard to find
  • At the cutting edge
  • Avant garde
  • Big picture thinkers
  • Idea generators

I’ll post the interview later today.

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