Fast Company magazine: Top 100 most creative people in business

Check out the June issue of Fast Company magazine for a list of the top 100 most creative people in business in 2010.  You'll find some names that you already know like singer Lady Gaga,(who's number one, btw)Tom Ford, fashion designer and filmmaker, Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn and Judy McGrath, Chairman/CEO of MTV networks; all of who have an interesting story of using their creativity and following their passion that lead to employment and a career doing something they love.


These people all figured out what they wanted and found a way to get there.  And, its not all about the money, it's about living life to its fullest and doing something you love.


You, too, can  follow your dream if you are: 1.) Are honest with who you are and what your talents are 2.) Focus on making a change in your life to realize your dream 3.) Ardently, research the area/market you are interested in and create a plan to get where you want to be 4.) Know that there will be set-backs and adjust your plan when these happen 5.) Never give up on your dream.


Totally inspired by the types of jobs and companies these people defined for themselves, I had to share with you a few success stories from the article.  These people are all ages and from many different social and economic backgrounds. Some of the firms are fortune 500, and others are start-up firms, yet all the people used their creativity make a place for themselves in a company.


One of my favorites is Jesse Dylan, Director, Form; Founder Freeform.   Jesse Dylan's opening of his  6-minute short film on Large Hadron Collider, the massive particle accelerator designed to replicate the big bang and address the core questions of physics, attracted Google's Larry Page, Tesla's Elon Musk, and elite scientists in astro-particle physics, cosmology and dark matter.


44-yr. old Dylan who went to film school at New York University is the child of Bob Dylan and is cofounder of a commercial production company called Forum.  He's been doing award winning ads for American Express, Nike and Motorola, but lately his career is focused on doing short films as he says, "I want to work with people who want to change the world."


In just 14 months, 28- yr. old Naveen Selvadurai, cofounder of Foursquare has racked up almost a million users; not bad in this sluggish economy.  He says his concept of geolocation is the next frontier of social networking, an app for the smartphone that allows users virtual points and badges for "checking in" at physical venues.


Foursquare has already proved magnetic to big-name brands eager to leverage location-based advertising.  HBO, Bravo and Zagat have already inked deals allowing foursquare users to earn rewards for checking into restaurants and retailers they feature.  Sounds like this company is set up for major success!


There are 98 other stories of individuals that used their creativity, contacts and concepts to create a job and establish a career.  No two stories are alike, yet they all found a way to make something happen for themselves that best used their talents.


Is it luck, timing or talent that made these people successful?  Mick Jagger said in a recent interview on the Larry King show that the Rolling Stones success was a lot of luck, good talent, and a lot of hard work.  Well said, Mick, something we can all learn from!


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