IN-Spiration: How Fun Can Foster Creativity in the Work Place

In honor of our motivational Monday with John Lasseter, tonight we are using one of his quotes for our IN-Spiration.

“People want to be creatively satisfied, and having fun is such an important part of that.”

-John Lasseter

Becoming an influencer means thinking creatively, working hard, and doing what you love. However, what happens when that passion becomes work?

Disney and Pixar remind people around the world of the simple joy of childhood. That sense of fun and wonder is what captures the audience’s imagination. By the end of each movie, it’s what hits the heart. It becomes a happy childhood memory even for adults. They will always associate that feeling when looking at a poster for yet another “Toy Story” movie.  It keeps them coming back.

How do you capture the feeling?

If you were to walk into Pixar headquarters, you would see every office individually decorates and Lego figures of characters in the lobby. Even companies such as Google mix whimsy with business for their employees. Why?

Because it makes their employees feel good and attracts the best up-and-comers too. Everyone wants to feel happy. They don’t want to think of work as “work.” Who wouldn’t want to see a Lego Woody on their way into work? (No, seriously, who wouldn’t?) This builds loyalty because people WANT to work with you. That loyalty creates connections, which brings more happy people to support you.

That energy captured by your staff will transfer into your product or service. It becomes fun and welcoming. People WANT to feel that. They want to feel like they are part of that creative process with you even if it’s just absorbing the story on the screen. They become creatively invested.

So, what are you waiting for? Have fun! Get creative! See where that energy can lead your audience, your team, and YOU during your next endeavor.

What do you think? How important is creating a “fun” and happy atmosphere in the workplace when creating a major product? Let us know in the comments below!

What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.

IN-Spiration Challenge: Let’s Change the World

This week was a short week. Our blog didn’t have as many posts. People had days off. However, that doesn’t mean it lacks impact. There were three IN-Spirations this week from three extremely inspiring individuals.

  • Elie Wiesel taught us to “Think higher, feel deeper” and listen to those who have a story to tell.
  • Elon Musk showed us that it’s not enough to just create something that fixes a problem. To be an icon, you must also find a way to inspire others.
  • Malala Yousafzai proved that no matter how small you think you are, you can change the world.

These topics were chosen with extreme care leading up to today’s IN-Spiration challenge.

This week’s challenge is:

Change the World!

I don’t mean you should create an Earth shattering peace agreement unlike any other at the G20 Summit. Although, if you do, that’s fantastic. What I am talking about is changing the world one small, good deed at a time.

  • Help a friend with a project.
  • Walk a little old lady across the street.
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
  • Donate old clothes you don’t need.
  • Play with puppies and yes, that is a legitimate volunteer opportunity.

Taking a moment to get out of your head. Breaking away from the stress of work and life will help you see the world from a new perspective. It changes the way you think and react to your community. Allow it to inspire how your company can go from being another cog in the industrial machine into an inspirational influence.

Our In-spiration Challenges are meant to push the limits of our followers so they can inspire themselves as entrepreneurs and human beings.

What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.

 

 

IN-Spiration: Small Ideas Can Have Change the World

What can change the world? This is what we’re asking for today’s IN-Spiration.

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

What does it take to change the world? An icon? An army? A piece of paper? For Malala Yousafzai, it was a blog that she wrote for the BBC.  It expanded her message of education from a little town in Afghanistan to the world stage. Then, when she got shot point-blank the Taliban, that message took on a whole new weight.

Malala was proof that anyone can change the world no matter their age, gender, or where they grew up. She’s the youngest Noble Peace Prize winner in history and inspires thousands of girls around the world to get an education no matter the consequences. She hopes to convince others that a book, a teacher, and a child thirsty for knowledge can help change the way the world works.

You might have an idea that led you to start your company or invent your product. However, you doubt that it will make a major impact. Look at this inspiration as a sign that it’s not. Your small piece of history can have a lasting impact whether it’s just in one person’s life or the entire world. Are you ready to change the world?

Now, what do you think? How can your brand inspire the world? Let us know in our comments below or message us on Facebook TODAY!

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What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.

IN-Spiration: Create An Inspired Brand

Today’s post goes out to the visionary behind the revolutionary car company, Tesla: Elon Musk

“I think life on Earth must be about more than just solving problems… It’s got to be something inspiring, even if it is vicarious.” – Elon Musk

What inspired you to take the leap and start your business? Was it something that you are passionate about? Or did you identify a niche market that needed to be represented? Perhaps you created something that could solve problems.

Whatever the reason, it’s not enough that it solved a problem or filled a hole. If you want to make an impression on your audience, you must inspire. You can inspire through design and through your ingenuity.

Look at Elon Musk’s Tesla. Not only did it satisfy a niche group of environmentally conscious millennials and upper crust environment supporters, but it did it with sophisticated style both inside and out. Now, look at other famous brands. Windows inspired generations with its ability to give everyone knowledge at their fingertips, changing the world forever. Wonder Woman inspired girls to be superheroes.

Even the United States of America when it was first conceived marketed itself on the ideal image of a country where every person can have the freedom to make their own destiny without being hampered by societal tyranny. Why do you think so many people still immigrate to the United States to pursue the American Dream? It’s because that is how we advertised ourselves

So, turn your company into the new Tesla or American Dream. Create something that will not only make life easier but create an inspired life for your audience.

 

Now, what do you think? How can your brand inspire the world? Let us know in our comments below or message us on Facebook TODAY!

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What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.

Inspired Trends: Elevate Your Business With “Sustainable” Marketing

The climate debate spans every corner of the globe and business. Entertainment, politics, and science have all talked circles around the subject. However, no matter which side of the debate you are on, it is obvious that environmentally conscious, “sustainable” marketing is a trend that makes a statement.

Look at some of the most revolutionary brands today. Tesla has made a name in clean energy with their stylish electric cars. Forever 21 gives coupons to customers who bring in old clothes the company can recycle into new clothes. Even Vistaprint, the online business card designer, offers recycled paper as an option.

Need some ideas about how you can create a “sustainable” marketing campaign.

Photo by Karolina Grabowska / Kaboompics

Here are four ways that you can start incorporating environmental inspiration into your marketing.

  1. Start Seeing Green:Environmental consciousness can be as easy as adding greenery to your office space or to into your product videos. This not only adds a fresh feeling to your aesthetic, but plants also help purify the air around you. Plus, it shows your audience that you can grow something amazing. (Yes, that was a pun.)
  2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: You remember that phrase from school when your science teacher taught recycling? Finding creative ways to not only reduce your carbon footprint or the waste that your company creates. If you’re a fashion designer, go “Project Runway” with an unconventional material. Technology company? Develop something that runs on alternative energy! If you are just a small financial firm, then maybe you can switch to recycled paper. A little can go a long way.
  3. Give Back to Your Planet: Volunteer opportunities are a great way to connect to your community, make the connections to expand your business, and do good for your planet. Help clean your local park. Start a community garden. Sponsor a street to keep free of litter.
  4. Better Together: There are many small, startup companies and nonprofits that have a drive to creating a better planet. If your company is not one of them, then work with them! Partnering with these types of businesses can help them flourish, but also create inspiring opportunities for your company to do something fantastic.

These are a few ways that you can start doing good in your community and creating a sustainable climate. Trust me when I say your planet and your audience will be thankful that you took a stand.

Inspired Trends: Minimalism Mean Less is More

It’s Thursday which means today we are focusing on trends in marketing, design, and brands. Today we’re going to focus on…minimalism.

You might have noticed that our website possesses a rather simple, sparse design similar to brands like Apple.  That is because we are following the minimalist design trend that is sweeping the world.

You can spy minimalist influences everywhere from logos to Ikea furniture to the growing tiny house movement. Everyone, particularly millennials, is drawn to this design because of its elegant simplicity and clean imagery.

Photo by Karolina Grabowska / Kaboompics

What is Minimalist Design?

A minimalist design can be identified by its straight, clean lines, single-shade color balance, and a play with space. In incorporates a lot of whites and blacks with hints of colors such as rich greens, bold reds, and glimmering golds. It lends itself to natural elements that pop and make the design come alive.

These designs are easy to navigate and don’t require a lot of flash to be eye catching. It’s simplicity also allows designers the opportunity to find new ways to be creative with interesting texts or accent pieces.

Minimalist Design and Minimalist Lifestyle

Minimalist design finds inspiration in the minimalist lifestyle. The lifestyle believes that one can live a more fulfilling life by having fewer possessions. Instead of spending money on materialistic things, you have more money to spend on experiences such as travel or hanging out with your loved ones.

Perhaps that is what is so attractive about minimalist design. The empty spaces hint at the idea that there is something more behind the product. For example, your product on a crisp, white background not only has it front and center, but the simplicity of the image suggests that there doesn’t need to be anything. Your product is THAT good. It speaks for itself.

So, next time you are designing your marketing campaign or developing your logo, keep this trend in the back of your mind. With its timeless elegance, minimalism does not appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.