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Posted by Alan on November 17, 2001 07:01:25 UTC

Hi Jisbond: I heard a story about a Scotsman from long ago who was supposedly sheltering in a cave.
Legend has it he felt like giving up whatever it was he was trying to do; when he noticed a spider trying to spin a web.

Again and again, the spider tried to swing across a gap in the rock to get his web made. Robert the Bruce was inspired not to give up.

Story has it that Colonel Sanders was told 'no' 1001 times before he found acceptance for his Kentucky fried chicken recipe for commercial application. They say if you haven't collected a lot of 'no's; you haven't tried much in entrepreneur activity!

At 3M Innovation they have a 'dumb-idea tolerant' culture; they expect that the really good million-dollar ideas will be accompanied by a creative process so lateral as to deliver many also-rans.

If you didn't have some really good-dumb ideas (Japanese have formalised an art of that: really useless inventions called: 'Chindogu' or something!); the 3M company might think you're not being creative enough!

Don't see why anyone shouldn't think up ideas and try them. Useful to get plain-talking response from Alex; better than if he misled me on his opinion!

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