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Nilofer Merchant

Your Uniqueness Is Your Power

Have you ever felt like your ideas would never be heard?

You might have a ton of good ideas in your head.

You might have even tried to get some of them out into the world.

But chances are, most of your best ideas have never been heard.

And today’s guest is standing for you to share them.

Nilofer Merchant is an author, TED speaker, and well-experienced idea-sharer. She has worked at many of the biggest tech companies in the country, making sure the best products succeed.

But her passion for creating a culture where good ideas get shared is what inspired her most recent book.

"Good ideas can come from anyone, quite possibly from everyone."  

When we sat down to record an episode to discuss it, I was impressed with how much research and thought Nilofer had put into developing this idea that we are all uniquely able to come up with good ideas.

It doesn’t have anything to do with our gender, age, race, background, education, etc. It has to do with us being human beings who are built to come up with good ideas.

This is such a powerful truth when we really believe it. It means that every one of us has important contributions to make.

It also means that it’s up to us to own our power and make our ideas heard.

Learn how to do this and more in Episode 542.

"Power either liberates or limits ideas."  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • Is there a process for developing “onlyness” within ourselves? (7:06)
  • Do people stop sharing their ideas because they’ve been turned down too many times? (16:32)
  • How do we come up with good ideas? (18:57)
  • What’s the difference maker in getting people to execute on your big ideas with you? (24:40)
  • Where is the line between being too loud and being heard? (33:30)

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why so many of us give up on our ideas (7:40)
  • The two types of identities each of us has (9:55)
  • What made Nilofer leave her family tradition of arranged marriage (12:26)
  • Why it’s harmful to label people through “isms” (12:25)
  • Why ideas are more powerful than brands (18:30)
  • The moment when innovation happens (32:55)
  • Plus much more…

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Music Credits:

Music Credit: We Were Infinite by Inukshuk

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