A Whack on the Side of the Head: How to Unlock your Mind for by Roger von Oech

By Roger von Oech

Revised and elevated for the Nineties, this is the bestselling creative-thinking vintage written by means of America's finest creativity advisor. Illustrated.

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Obviously, it can be a very useful and valuable by-product, but it should never be the main focus. For a person to keep growing, the central focus always has to be the performance itself—never other people’s response to it. You have control over your performance. You never have control over other people’s responses, approval, or applause. The goal here is always to be getting better; to appreciate how far you’ve come, but also to keep striving to go further, always making your future bigger than your past.

Conversely, many people whose success stops at some point are in that position because they have cut themselves off from everyone who has helped them. They view themselves as the sole source of their achievements. As they become more self-centered and isolated, they lose their creativity and ability to succeed. Continually acknowledge others’ contributions, and you will automatically create room in your mind and in the world for much greater success. You will be motivated to achieve even more for those who have helped you.

More people report to her than to any other team leader in the company. Initially building on things she learned as a nanny about how to motivate people, she has grown into a highly talented and respected manager known for her ability to take on just about anything and get it done, and then delegate or systematize the maintenance and move on to the next thing. She’s happy with where her life is now and the fact that it’s been created entirely on her own terms. All the rewards she wanted, and a good many that she never expected, have come as by-products of her contributions.

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