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5 Secrets from Peter Pan for Entrepreneurs

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We all know J.M Barrie’s story of Peter Pan, ok maybe you know the Disney classic better, either way you know the story.

Who’d have thought that the story of a little boy who never grew up would hold such insight into the entrepreneurial spirit?

I’m a big believer in embracing and protecting your inner child. Through celebrating it you rediscover creativity.

Here are 5 secrets from Peter Pan for Entrepreneurs:

1.  Never grow up

“If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!”

Growing up usually means we become afraid to try new things. We stop playing, we stop taking risks, we sometimes stop believing in ourselves.

Keep your inner child close at hand, listen to that voice and use it to fuel your creativity.

2. Believe in Fairies

“Every time a child says, ‘I don’t believe in fairies,’ there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.”

Once upon a time we all believed in fairies, Santa Claus, the tooth fairy and even the Easter bunny. We grow up, we stop believing.  A fairy is the childish muse who inspires play and creativity.  When we stop believing a part of us dies; our playfulness.

Some call their fairies genies – Whatever you call it, it’s the metaphor for inspiration and motivation. Find it, believe again and listen to it.

3. Make Wishes

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.”

Close your eyes and wish. Wish on a star, wish when you blow out your candles on your birthday cake. Wishes are what make your dreams come true.

Without wishes we stop dreaming and when we stop dreaming we stay in the same place.

4. Never say Goodbye

“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”

Just because an idea didn’t work doesn’t mean it was useless. Learning from failure is possibly more important than leaning from success. Remember, learn and never forget.

5. Keep Learning

“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.”

We can’t be good at everything. If something doesn’t work, try something else. Whatever it is, keep learning. Find someone to mentor your, someone to learn from, someone to inspire you.

Don’t let what you can’t do hold you back.

Look forward and see what YOU can learn. Master it. Then learn something else.

 

Do you believe in fairies? How do you release your inner child to find your creative spirit?

 

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13 Responses to 5 Secrets from Peter Pan for Entrepreneurs

  1. A perfectly creative post and seems to strike the right chord on a Friday. Another good reason to “stay a kid” is that kids grow and we need to, in whatever field we’re in, hobby, parenthood, to keep growing and have that simple spirit of learning.

    Great weekend to you and the family, Ameena!

  2. Hi Ameena!
    I love how you did this! Quotes from childrens literature are among my favourites! (love #2 and #5!)
    Do I believe in fairies? of course! I believe in the magic of life (see my post on Monday ;-) I believe anything is possible, barring none. Life is an adventure, when you remember that it is. This is where a writer or a dreamer has an advantage – they see the story in everything and in a story there is always a possibility of a happy ending, so we go on.
    Do you believe in fairies?
    Lori

  3. Ameena, I am printing this out and putting it into my “book of smiles”. This is the book (well, many actually) where I draw; paste in beautiful pictures, sayings, cartoons and stories; snippets of ribbon; found objects like feathers, pressed leaves and dried flowers…it’s the place I can go to when I crave inspiration: much like a children’s book.

    And thanks so much for the lovely tip of the hat in your post to my creativity post: I appreciate that!

    In terms of how I release my inner child: well, it’s always released. I find beauty and wonder, opportunity and delight each and every day, even on my down-est, crappiest, crumbiest days (I don’t think those are real words, but hey..I’m being creative:) I do things that make me happy. I connect with people I admire, respect and love. I laugh a lot.

    This post is one of my all-time favourites: you’ve given us a beautiful gift today. Cheers! Kaarina

    • That’s so lovely Kaarina, thanks so much!! I love that you have a book of beautiful things (I’m truly honoured to be included) – I have a small box :)

      Have a great weekend and keep wishing on the stars :)

  4. What a great question! Everything that I love to do is best done in the moment BEFORE I think too long about it. Putting pen to paper before I have a story in my head, pencil to pad before the picture has formed completely, or dancing wherever I am before I notice who’s watching.
    Thanks Ameena!

  5. I love this, Ameena. Always think like a child and stay young. Mt favorite is #5. Keep learning. I like to say “Remain Teachable”. I have to. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I am 54 going on 20. So that helps me. ha ! So grateful for post like this and people like you. Thanks for writing this. Truly inspirational.

    Al

    And thanks for your continued support of The CARE Movement. Much appreciated.

  6. Hi Ameena,

    This title really caugth my attention. It’s been a while since I’ve read Peter Pan. What an awesome story. I would never have come up with relating it to entrepreneurs though. +1 for you :)

    All your points are very important, and I love to think that I will never grow up, and that I will always keep making wishes even though I didn’t toss any coins into the trevi fountain (too crowded).

    Great post!

  7. I loved this! #1 and #5 is me to a tee! I know I am still a big kid at heart and it’s no wonder why I still babysit every now and then. Kids keep me honest and they don’t lie to you. #5 Because we are always in “learning mode” no matter what we think we know. There is always something out there to remind you that the world still has so much more to offer.

    The journey I am on now building my business continually drives me to strive forward and never stop. Thanks for the reminder Ameena, This was great! Retweeting!!!!

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