It's better to have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.
This was the key message of Vinh Giang, magician and communication coach, who delivered the first keynote at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in the Gold Coast yesterday.
Solving problems is about gaining some perspective, said Giang, who was 2013 South Australian Entrepreneur of the Year. It's important not to fall victim to the 'silo mentality' of thinking where there is no apparent solution for a problem.
mentor, a magician in the UK, said when you experience a problem, it appears to be chaotic without an apparent pattern.
But when you show the problem to somebody with a different perspective, they will encourage you to look at the original problem again so you can see a pattern among chaos. That is what wisdom is all about, he said.
“As a business person and human, gather as many different perspectives as you can in life and never fall into a space where you know it all.
“Always gather new perspectives, always collaborate, never stop...this can allow you to move where you want to be.”
Giang also highlighted the power of influence. He recalls when he built his online business people were telling him it could not be done.
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“It is your duty to necessarily jump as high as you can, you can never afford to have one negative person in your life.
“People are influencing you ever single second, every single day. You are the direct reflection of the top five people you spend time with,” he said.
“Bring in somebody who brings inspiration to your life to be better, to continuously improve.”
For instance, when he was young, he hardly spoke. His father, a refugee from Vietnam, put him around people who communicated very well.
“It means you get to choose who you want to become with in the future by deciding who you spend your time with today. Stop at nothing to bring your best people in your top five,” he said.
“You get to choose who you are going to become, aim high, reach for people that can dramatically change your life, your characteristics, your values and beliefs.”
His final message is about believing that anything is possible.
Take the first step, you need to believe with conviction it can be done. When you take the first step, you can see the second step. You can not see step two from step zero.
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“Your beliefs dictate your action. You can tackle any obstacle, you can achieve any goal you desire if you are crazy enough to believe it.”
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