Darryl Hicks Says: Creativity Will Boost Your Business

When I say the word “intelligence,” you may associate that word with science or mathematics, because they are measurable. While scoring high on a college placement exam may set you above the rest, there’s an even more important element that’s hard to test: creativity.

My name is Darryl Hicks, CEO of Tungsten Solutions, and I’m a huge believer in the power of creativity. It’s easy to fall into the routine of a 9-5 job, or maybe a hobby or two, just for the purpose of survival. But true success comes from beyond that, and getting there comes from creativity.

There are several stages to the creative process; if you own a business, utilizing these can boost your productivity in new ways.

Stage 1: Imagination/Inspiration

You might think of imagination and creativity as being very similar. They are not; imagination is part of the creative process. Picture a problem you’ve been having lately. Is your business too quiet on certain days of the week? Are your employees not motivated? Did you get a negative review about something? Imagine a creative solution to this problem.

Equally important is inspiration. What inspires you? Your inspiration is the key to your imagination. Take a close look at your role models; we all had one at one point or another. What would they do? What decision would your ideal self make? Will you regret that decision in the future? Questions like this are important for reaching a strong inspiration, and a better outcome.

Stage 2: Invention

If your creative idea is a good one, it’s time to test it out. Create your idea and see how it works. Remember, in order for it to be creative, it has to be something that can come from only you. If Alexander Graham Bell didn’t invent the telephone, would it ever have been invented? Yes, because there was a need for the technology and the science was advanced enough to make it. But if Shakespeare hadn’t written Hamlet, would it ever have been on stage? No. Theatrical performances would have lived on, but no one could have created Hamlet the way Shakespeare did.

Stage 3: Application

No idea is foolproof. Even after you create it, consider it a work in progress. If it’s an idea for your business, test it out for a while; you may want to make further changes once you see how customers react to it. Nothing should be set in stone, including your ideas and creativity.

If you have any questions, or if you want to bounce some creative ideas around with me, I’d be more than interested to hear what you have to say. Drop me a line at Darryl Hicks Tungsten, and we can inspire each other to new heights.

The Body’s Most Powerful Muscle (It’s Not What You Think)

Your body is a machine. It is full of parts that need to be well-oiled and maintained, in order to work properly. But there’s one part that is highly under-utilized.

Exercising this muscle activates a slew of positive effects. Not only can it improve your mood and reduce stress, but it can do the same for people who watch you do the exercise. And the best part? It takes seconds to do, and doesn’t tire you out.

The muscle in question is the corners of your mouth. Exercising them has more of an impact on your mood than you would think. Here’s how to do that:

  • Raise the corners of your mouth as high as they will go. You are now smiling.
  • Breathe in as much air as you can, and hold it for 5 seconds.
  • Release your breath in short bursts. You are now laughing.

It’s as simple as that. Don’t worry about whether or not the smile is real or warranted; the effect is the same. The act of smiling actually releases endorphins from your brain, which really does make you feel better.

Take it from me, Darryl Hicks. I smile all the time, and it helps me function at my best throughout the day. And, because I work with so many people at Tungsten, my good mood helps them feel better too, and increases their productivity. All that from the corners of your mouth!

On the flip side, letting yourself frown can have negative effects on yourself and the people around you. Emotions are contagious; if you want everyone around you to be happy and productive, start with yourself. Trust me, you will be happy with the result.

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10 Ways to Make Today Better than Yesterday

We all have good days, where everything goes our way. We also all have all-too-frequent bad days, where it seems like everything goes wrong. Both kinds of days may seem inevitable, but what if I told you there are steps you can take, so your bad days are bearable, and your good days are even better?

People often ask me: “Darryl Hicks, you’re the CEO of two Tungsten companies, and you’ve got so much on your plate. How do you stay positive?” The secret lies in making sure every day is an improvement upon yesterday. Here are 10 ways I accomplish that; try them out and see if they work for you.

  • Slow Down

If you’ve ever watched NASCAR, then you’ve probably seen the spectacular wrecks that happen in every race. Those cars go over 200 miles per hour, which is the key ingredient for those disasters. Your life, however, is not a race. So why are you racing through your tasks? Learn to slow down, and make your work more about being high-quality than about getting 100 things done in an hour.

  1. Be around positive people

Do you want to be more positive? If you surround yourself with people who complain a lot, it’s going to be several times harder for you. Take a look at all the good qualities of people, and find those with the qualities you want to inherit. Trust me, it works.

  1. Talk it out

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen people complain about someone else, and then not talk to them about it. How is the problem supposed to be fixed if you don’t do anything about it? Whether it’s a boss, family member, significant other, or anyone in-between, don’t be afraid to sit down and talk to them. You’ll both feel better about it in the long run.

  1. Partner Up

After all, what if you need their help? No one can do everything by themselves, no matter how successful they are. Need proof? Watch an award show like the Oscars, and count how many times the words “thank you” are thrown around. There’s nothing wrong with needing a hand, and there’s nothing wrong with asking for one.

  1. Take a Leap

Have a big decision you’ve been mulling over? Go for it! Don’t let anything hold you back. Often, one of the biggest regrets people have in life is not taking enough chances. Don’t let that one be yours.

  1. Prioritize your Health

Staying positive is harder when you’re sick in bed. Don’t put off visits to the doctor or the dentist. Pencil in an appointment or two now.

  1. Thank People More

Saying thank you is good for both parties involved. Think of someone who has had a positive impact on you lately, and take time to thank them. Better yet, thank them in writing; I find it has a greater impact that way.

  1. Give Back

Take thanking a step further: give a gift of gratitude. Or, give to a stranger, or a charity. Studies have shown, people who give often are more optimistic about their impact with the world, and are therefore happier.

  1. The Three-Letter Word

Ask yourself “Why?” Why do you do what you do? Keep the big picture and your larger goals in mind. If you’re in charge of other people, communicate the why to them, so they understand why their work is important as well. The best teams all have the same mission in mind.

  1. Forgive and Forget

Holding grudges is bad for stress levels. Learn to forgive these people, and forget their past wrongs, especially if they are asking for it.

If you have any questions with any of these ten, drop me a line at Darryl Hicks Tungsten, and I’ll review your case and help you however I can. After all, helping people is my way of giving back and staying positive; what’s yours?