I’ve been thinking a lot about “catalysts” lately, so I pulled this short post from my archives. What are “catalysts?” A catalyst is a person who isn’t necessarily a great innovator, original thinker, or iconoclast, but someone who by his or her very passion, are able to rally other people to a great cause. They encourage innovators to stick to the plan, overcome their fear, and keep on keeping on.
A real catalyst isn’t just a cheerleader, they’re a person of talent and experience who uses their personal networks, relationships, financial connections and more to help make worthy projects happen. They help create solutions through the force of their own gifts. An innovator or original thinker won’t get very far without a sidekick who’s a catalyst.
Don’t be a creative lone wolf. Find a catalyst who’s passionate about your ideas, and who can help make them reality. And if you’re that catalyst, the best thing you can do is to partner with a highly creative and visionary person. A great idea source is fuel for your fire!