Yes, creativity can lead to a surplus of original ideas. But when it comes time to sell those concepts internally, and then later take those ideas to market, creativity is not enough. More important is conviction.
Look at the most-admired business leaders today. They tend to resist compromises, even when faced with widespread skepticism or even complaints from customers.
Consider how Amazon (AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos asked the graduating class at Princeton University during his 2010 commencement speech there, “Will you wilt under criticism, or will you follow your convictions?”
Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile and her colleague Steven Kramer collected 12,000 electronic diary entries from 238 executives in seven different organizations. They analyzed what motivated these everyday individuals, who described their daily psychological well-being at work. Amabile and Kramer saw a trend emerge: “simply making progress in meaningful work” [italics mine] was key for these workers to feel engaged, Amabile and Framer wrote in a New York Times opinion essay in September.
My theory of every person is an open ecosystem implies this: bringing together internal (like conviction) and external (like money, tangible signs of successes) stimuli is the best way to grow intensively, to innovate, to be entrepreneurs and to bring change to the world! Asians are relatively weak in internal drives and motivation but excel in flexibility.