There Ain’t No App For That…

Posted: January 25, 2010 in Innovate, Passion
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My weekends are founded on 4 key activities: golf, family time, schoolwork, and collaboration. Now, they often collide and there are also times I have to work, so my weekends are chock full of stuff.

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This weekend I had the chance to meet with a young man that created his own “app” for the I-phone. Too cool, it has sold 50,000 and he scored about 99 cents each. Imagine the gut punch I took when I sat down and he said, “cool to meet someone so creative from twitter.” I actually looked behind me to see who he was referring to in the coffee shop.

I explained that I was just a guy working for a non-profit that blogs for therapy. He countered that he reads my blog often (one of the 100 with each new posting — thank you all) and he admires my ability — yeesh, now I was looking for the cameras for the embarrassing joke.

As I sit there stunned, and he claims to be uncreative, that the apps and programs he creates are just stuff he would like from his I-phone or computer and the programming is simply material to build it, nothing creative (in his mind).

“A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

There are four styles of creative intelligence

  1. Intuitive – focusing on results and past experiences as guides
  2. Innovative – problem-solving, systematic, and relying on data
  3. Imaginative – visualizing opportunity, artistic, “out of the box”
  4. Inspirational – focus on social change and the giving of self

I shared with my new twitter/”app” pal that he is creative from the inspirational style — that app may have fulfilled a self-interest, yet he shared it (his biz partner led the sale).  We parted with the commitment to continue to share ideas.  Now I’ve got to come up with my own “app” idea.

What’s your style of creative intelligence?

  1. Golf Failure says:

    This article should help me, but just want to say thanks for the great tips on the site

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