For thousands of years, people have speculated that there’s some correlation between sadness and creativity, so that people who are a little bit miserable (think Van Gogh, or Dylan in 1965, or Virginia Woolf) are also the most innovative. Aristotle was there first, stating in the 4th century B.C.E. “that all men who have attained excellence in philosophy, in poetry, in art and in politics, even Socrates and Plato, had a melancholic habitus; indeed some suffered even from melancholic disease.” This belief was revived during the Renaissance, leading Milton to exclaim, in his poem Il Penseroso: “Hail, divinest melancholy/whose saintly visage is too bright/to hit the sense of human sight.” The romantic poets took the veneration of sadness to its logical extreme, and described suffering as a prerequisite for the literary life. As Keats wrote, “Do you not see how necessary a World of Pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?”
Well, it turns out the cliché might be true after all: Angst has creative perks. That, at least, is the conclusion of Modupe Akinola, a professor at Columbia Business School, in her paper “The Dark Side of Creativity: Biological Vulnerability and Negative Emotions Lead to Greater Artistic Creativity”…
Another brilliant article from Brian Solis. Just the other day I was discussing the idea with a friend that the social media responses from customer/prospects needs to be connected to a CRM or a work-flow that flags off appropriate action or people. Brian Solis being Brian Solis explains the idea more nicely and with lot more details.
Most of the VC companies have a Portfolio section in their website, where they showcase the companies that they have incubated/funded. Bessemer Venture Partners is one VC company which also has a section called “Anti-Portfolio”. In this section, they have listed out companies/opportunities they passed on, which latter on went on to become huge successes. Bessemer Venture Partners is one of the oldest VC firm and the candor on their part only reflects their maturity, courage and humility.
However, in the hindsight, considering what was on the table, the glaring misses are only understandable. Opportunity seldom comes calling wearing impeccable business suits.
The Anti-Portfolio begins with a Nice quote-
“When we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.” –Maxim 185, Publius Syrus, 42 BC.
Lesser mortals would have died out of remorse and regret moping over the lost opportunities. The list at Anti-Portfolio makes an interesting read-
I am paranoid about Psychology Research. You never know what they will come up with. This Research- “Self-presentation 2.0: narcissism and self-esteem on Facebook” does exactly that. While it is an interesting read, it did leave me slightly embarrassed with the notion that my facebook visits may have been prompted by my inherent narcissism. But I guess, facebook narcissism may not be so bad after all. With all that Social Media analysis, I know I am in great company.
LOL= Lots of Liquor = Long Life = Money+Social Lubrication+Less Stress
The equation seems to be too good to be true. The Time report will certainly gladden hearts of all the tipplers. Don’t know if there is more to it. I only hope the study cited in the Report is not funded by the Liquor industry. Also in the exuberation, I hope the problem of Alcoholism is not brushed under the carpet by such reports. Anyway, the operative word is ‘MODERATION’.
Read the full story at the Time-http://bit.ly/bPQjRW