In one of the previous posts, I have covered the first layer of the entrepreneurial success factors pyramidal structure – Willingness to take action. If you’re willing to take actions it is necessary to upgrade your willingness with the second layer on the road to success, and that is knowledge and creativity.
What is Knowledge for an Entrepreneur?
I have knowledge about this. I have knowledge of that. They have knowledge of something else. Everywhere around us is some knowledge. Each person has a specific knowledge. I think that there is not a person without some knowledge. Our knowledge starts from our birth. Each new day of our lives is the acquisition of certain knowledge. We acquire knowledge, home from our parents, from a kinder garden, and later in school, university, everyday life.
So knowledge is composed of two major elements:
- Experience. Everything that we experience our knowledge. It is our personal assets or personal assets of an entrepreneur.
- Education. Everything that we acquire through a mandatory educational system is poured off in our own knowledge. Besides the educational system as school, faculty and courses, also reading a book, acquiring information from the Internet and anything that will educate you as an entrepreneur will increase current knowledge about something.
What is a Creativity for an Entrepreneur?
About creativity in Wikipedia, we can find that:
Creativity is a mental and social process involving the discovery of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts.
So creativity is directly related to the discovery of new ideas or concepts or modification of existing ideas and concepts.
Being creative is not easy. To acquire knowledge is much easier than to be creative. Creativity cannot be taught, but it simply shows up and is performed by the entrepreneur himself.
Combination of Knowledge and Creativity
Therefore, the second layer of the entrepreneurial path to success is a simple mix between knowledge and creativity.
First, you must have knowledge in excessive amounts, but without the creative application of that knowledge into everyday practice, there is no guarantee that you will be a successful entrepreneur.
On the other hand, I think that knowledge is the only factor that can increase the creativity of an entrepreneur. Is it possible for an entrepreneur to be creative without knowledge? Probably, not unless you expect a divine gift to be creative.
Precisely here lies the concept of a mix between knowledge and creativity that will only increase the likelihood of success of entrepreneurs. As you enlarge the knowledge about a certain subject, you will increase the potential of your own creativity.
A second factor that affects increasing creativity is the entrepreneur. This refers to what you call something inherent in man. It is believed that the most creative are artists because they have talent in some branches of art, and because they simply create their own art with an open mind. I already wrote about 6 tips to increase creativity.
With all this stated above, I feel free to express creativity as a mathematical function of knowledge and entrepreneurs:
Creativity = f (knowledge + entrepreneur)
How to be a Better Entrepreneur Through Knowledge and Creativity?
And finally the most important question is: How to be a better entrepreneur through knowledge and creativity?
I’ll give you few tips for your own personal improvement as an entrepreneur, which certainly will have a direct impact on better performance of your business:
Because I previously explained why knowledge without creativity and vice versa is not complete, we should start with an increase of entrepreneurial knowledge. This can be achieved in two ways:
- Always learn new skills. Today there is a tremendous opportunity for learning. It is necessary only to establish a system that will continually increase your knowledge as an entrepreneur. Begin with the areas where you are weakest, and your business requires these areas. Read professional literature, magazines and newspapers from those areas and implement what you have learned in everyday work.
- Learn from mistakes – experiential learning. By learning new skills and their application in everyday work constantly improve these skills through their own experience. Even mistakes will make you increase your own knowledge and will make you be a better entrepreneur.
Act as an Entrepreneur
Yes, entrepreneur means to be creative, so use the creative methods and techniques that will come to your mind to increase your own creativity and knowledge. I will accent one more time 6 tips of entrepreneurial creativity:
1. Always use a notebook with you (e.g. It can be pocket notebook)
2. Change the routines in your life.
3. Look around You, observe.
4. Use social media.
5. Reinvent things around you.
6. Use locations that increase creativity.