Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy!


It has been crazy busy lately. If anyone wonders, "How can a person without a full time job be busy?" Well, it is more than possible. After participating in Stanford's Entrepreneur Week, and brainstorming, writing, producing, and editing a video, we attended Wednesday's session, and won the Creativity award, so now I have 2 packed days in my schedule next week. And I had to move a meeting I had set up with a CEO of a company a day back, so that's 3 packed days. And that Friday I'm supposed to present to a venture capitalist, so that is 4 packed days. And the following Monday I have my business plan due, and quite possibly a presentation, so I need to prepare for that. And we were planning on going to LA that weekend... not going to happen. I think I'll microwave some Lean Cuisine for Thanksgiving.

So, now I'm involved in another startup, and recently presented for literally millions of dollars for funding to a major corporation. Oh how time flies, considering that it was less than 4 months ago that I moved here! Things are going well, very busy, and hopefully something good will come of all this work! If I don't post for a while...please try and understand. :-)

Friday, November 21, 2008

ENFP = ADHD?


I have a theory. I have a theory that people with the personality type of ENFP (Myers-Briggs Extroverted-Intuition-Feeling-Perceiving) are likely to be seen as people with ADHD. For some background, ADD is a sub-group of ADHD, so people with ADD have ADHD, although the people with ADD aren't hyper-active. (Yes, I know it's a but confusing, but that's how it was explained to me) I read somewhere that only 1-2% of the population are ENFP's. It's funny, because when I meet an ENFP, I know they are an ENFP, it is an indescribable bond of likeness that is formed. So, If I am correct and most ENFP's display the symptoms of ADHD, does that mean that ADHD is really a 'disorder', or merely a personality difference of those who categorized the ENFPs as having ADHD? Could it be that we have a different learning style than most, so have been bored by conventional schooling of the average school teacher who tends to be of the same personality type?

The bottom line is: I don't see ADD as a disorder, I see it as a personality difference. Although I may have a harder time remembering tasks or cannot pay attention to that which disinterests me,I have other strengths. I am an out of the box thinker that can cross-pollinate thoughts and once I do become interested in something I take it all the way, to the point of perfection. Though someone may be different than you, don't look at it as a bad thing, look at it as a learning opportunity.

Here are some great resources to help:

Update 11/19/2010

I have been noticing this post have been receiving many hits via search engines. If you have come across this post, please leave a comment and explain what lead you to seek more information! I am very interested to see if other people have been noticing a possible correlation between ENFP and ADHD. Please leave a comment, and a way to get in touch with you! I am interested in hearing more!

My email address is sharon16f@hotmail.com if you with to contact me personally and receive a response, or if you'd like to get updated with more related information/posts as it becomes available.  Unless you actually post your email address in your response, there is no way to reach you.

If you are seeking personalized direction, I can help brainstorm solutions and give you insight on tools and resources that you can use to better your life.  I've been on a personal quest to find answers, and I'd like to help others do the same.  Hopefully my life efforts will save you some time and frustration and give you some insight that you are looking for!

See this page for some additional information on the personality type ENFP: http://www.net2.com/mb/enfp.htm

The ADHD Designer

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Observations


So, today I decided to take a walk and ease my brain for a bit of time. Taking the 'think like a traveler route' I just walked around my block and made observations. So, here they are:

I've never noticed it, but right next to my apartment complex there is a fenced area. Through the holes of the fence it looks like someone has made a sort of microcosm of their own. I saw run down cars, old trailers, a different kind of life in the middle of a suburb. Then I noticed this tree with various things hanging on it, and there is was...a parrot. Just sitting on a tree branch, without a care in the world. I've never seen a parrot just chilling in a tree. But I knew right away that that tree was his home, and I could tell that it was an aged parrot, who had similarly like its owner, claimed this microcosm as its home. They made their own retreat, own world in the middle of a suburb.

I continued to walk, I even picked up a leaf from the ground. What was the story of this leaf? It looked withered and old like a person of 100 years who had led a very harsh life. Lines of stories were told on the leaf. The color of the leave when it fell told another story. I decided that the leaf should walk with me for a while, it looked like it had some stories that it needed to tell.

I saw a small tree. It looked like it had roses...and persimmons on it. That was peculiar, I thought. But what a perfect tree, edible beauty. A treat for all senses. We engineer plants all the time, how about an engineered beautiful fruit tree, where you can eat the produce and love how it looks in your yard. Flowers in the winter, fruit in the summer.

Then I came across a larger tree, that was on the land of one house, and the leaves fell on the other. It was like the who houses were sharing the tree. And then I realized that this was probably a point of argument for the neighbors. "The tree is on your land, but the leaves are falling on my ground, get rid of it!!" Then the other neighbor would say "I had no control of how the tree would grow, or where the leaves would fall, and since the tree is on my land, you have no right to tell me to get rid of my tree!" And in all of this argument, the only victim is the tree. Trees are planted where the seeds fall, and grow towards the light. The tree provided the houses with shade in sunny times, and insulation in winter. It prevented flooding of the ground in times of rain. And yet an argument of neighbors could bring this tree to an early demise.

So then I began to think of all the living things in this world. This tree was ALIVE. this tree was probably older than you or I. When this tree began to grow, it knew it was going to live, and be around for many years past that of the human life span. The tree had thousands of years to perfect itself, how to survive the cold winters, the times of low water, the times of hot sun. And to put this tree to shame, people shop down it's brothers and sisters to create an object...a house..an object that does not grow, that leaks when it rains, that does not insulate when it gets cold, that does not add seek constant humidity. The second the house was built it's a task of eternal maintenance. While this tree laughed and thought, "You ignore me, build this house of inferiority, and then scold me for shedding my leaves."

Trees and every other living thing has already gone through hundreds of thousands of design iterations, and they naturally change to suit their environment. I laugh at man who sits down for a minute or two and decide that their design is better than natures. We should learn to work with what we have, instead of always deciding that we know better.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Victory at the Global Innovation Tournament!


Today was a great day! Our movie, "Soapy Saves the Day!" was selected from more than 100+ Stanford entries for the "Creativity Prize"! Guy Kawasaki even said that he loved the video :-). I'm psyched because the creativity category is the one I most wanted to win, and the prize we won is amazing! I'll be attending this: http://alwayson.goingon.com/permalink/post/28346 which will be an excellent opportunity for me to increase my network and learn more about everything going on here in Silicon Valley. I may even be able to get some investors or at least gather some interest in my ideas!

So, as for Tom Kelley's "do what you love"...totally. Even though I'm straying off the path of normality, there is something inside me that is telling me that this is the right path to take. At this point I can't even fathom just asking to be employed at a regular 'ol 9-5 job. Even though people may give me funny looks after they asked me where I work.. and I don't have a good response for them, I'm thinking that things will turn out all right.

Inspiration for your Every Day


I attended the Tom Kelley talk at Stanford, and took some notes during his lecture. Here are the valuable invaluables :-).

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain and artist once we grow up"

What happened to all the artists? It's OK to be an artist!

1. Think like a traveler

The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes - Marcel Proust

2. Treat life as an experiment

"I haven't failed. I've just found ten thousand ways that do not work."

3. Nurture an "Attitude of Wisdom"

"It's not what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that ain't so." - Mark Twain

4. Use your whole brain...and your "tortoise mind"

Take time to daydream.

FIND YOUR OWN MUSE


5. Follow your passions

DO WHAT YOU LOVE <3
, you'll be better at it.

Find the happy medium between: Good at, Born to do, Pay you to do

Keep a journal of when you feel at your best.

The Supreme acheivement is to blur the line between work and play.

I hope this information helps your along the way...whenever you lose your way, just go back to these basics!-sharon

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Stanford E-Week


So, Myself and a couple of other people went to Tom Kelley's talk (yay!), and afterwards they presented an object to be used in a 3 minute or less video. The object presented was a water bottled, and the goals was to create as much value out of it as possible. Our submission can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyPvck5O1Hc I would recommend watching it in high quality by clicking the link and clicking "watch in high quality"



It was a pretty fun project, and I probably though up at least 15 different viable concepts for it. We ended up doing a concept I though of while brushing my teeth on Thursday night and putting my 'tortoise brain' to work.

I think the video turned out pretty well, with working on all of these 'big projects' it was nice to actually complete something, as I work the best under pressure with a deadline! If the movie is well received I'm looking into turning it into a children's book with a DVD. That way kids can read the book, and watch the movie, and read the book while listening to the story. I remember books on tape always being the ultimate!

So the moral of this? Find a fun creative competition to enter to stimulate your thinking and add some enthusiasm to your day. When you work on big projects, can can get a bit drawn out, so re-energize yourself with fun little projects along the way!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Finding your Support


As an Entrepreneur, the same things that seem at first to be exciting, can also be daunting. As an Entrepreneur you are working on your own at first. Meaning: You do the work, you come up with the ideas, you motivate yourself...you, you, you. It can definitely be a hard thing to find your supports that you trust that won't "injure" your idea. It's like finding a babysitter for your new born baby... you wouldn't trust just anyone. With an idea you'll tend to get inventor-paranoia, its not a very happy place to be, but at times it is the only way to be. If you idea is in a fragile state you often can't afford to blab your idea to anyone who asks. You need to tell people strategically, telling those people who can help you in some shape or form, and tell people only the information that they really need to know. I make sure to document in my inventor book the people I tell, just in case, and so I can control who knows what information. There comes a point when an idea is not patentable anymore, once an idea becomes public knowledge, and that would be a very bad thing to put so much work into something with no success to show for it.

With that said, once you can tell some people that you trust and who can help you in some shape or form, you start building your support group. Your support group can consist of friends who you can bounce ideas off of, Family members WHO SUPPORT YOUR DREAMS, significant others, mentors... Basically you want to surround yourself with those who believe in you, have positive energy reverberating off their skin, and who'll tell you the truth once in a while when you need it.

Currently I've found someone else with a similar personality as mine, who is always coming up with fistfuls of viable business ideas. So we have decided to team up, motivate each other, and bounce ideas off each other, its great! It takes the 'alone' out of entrepreneur!

So, if you are an aspiring entrepreneur who is getting down working by yourself all the time, go find an idea partner who is at about the same stage that you are in.. and support each other in your endeavors. And you'll go twice as far as you will alone! The journey is more fun with company!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

How to Find a Lawyer


So, I've been doing a ton of research lately to try and find a good lawyer. Here are some of the methods that I've been attempting that might come in handy. (Not listed in any particular order)

1. The Best Lawyers in America- Book in library that has lawyers listed my specialty and location

2. www.google.com/patents and searching for key words of your idea, pulling up the patent, take note of the attorney who filed the patent, and then research them and contact

3. Blogs- do a search for what you need within the profiles of blogs

4. www.axxiomlegal.com

5. uspto.gov under resources, search for a licensed patent agent or lawyer

6. Look at city records for similar businesses and see what lawyer filed them

7. Call similar businesses and ask who their lawyer is