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Most Innovative Countries For Creative People

Most Innovative Countries For Creative People
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We all talk about the importance of innovation, and how this crazy modern world of ours keeps changing day-to-day, but in a lot of countries across the world things tend move incredibly slowly. It takes ages to adapt to new technologies and ways of thinking, not much is done to close the divide between the rich and the poor, and little is invested in education and projects that can make a big change.

However, certain countries are continuing their efforts to improve on multiple fronts, and are doing a good job of it. I’ve based my top 5 innovative countries on the latest INSEAD’s Global Innovation Index report, which takes into account a large number of factors, and we will explore just why these countries are such a great place for highly creative people.

1. Switzerland

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Switzerland

    Switzerland has some of the oldest universities in the world, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology or ETH Zurich being a prime example of a forward-thinking and innovative approach to teaching. It has over 20 Noble Prize winners associated with it, and they offer master classes in English. However, the Swiss also have the Commission for Technology and Innovation, or CTI, which heavily invests in a number projects and promotes technological advancement. The Swiss spend an estimated 16 billion francs on research and development annually and are extremely competitive when it comes to technological breakthroughs.

    2. United Kingdom

    England Big Ben

      The UK has made great strides in improving the quality of life and adopting the latest technologies. Even though personal debt is on the rise at the moment, the country hasn’t slowed down its investment in technological development. In fact, IT-related job openings are on the rise, and a lot of the work is going to people from other European countries. This makes it an ideal place for ambitious and creative people in the IT sector who wish to build a successful career.

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      3. Sweden

      Stochholm Sweden

        Sweden is a cold country, but its citizens are remarkably lively and very liberal in their views. There are a number of technological advancements that not a lot of people know are actually attributed to Sweden, so you could say that they are quite an inventive and creative bunch. They certainly have the credentials to prove it. Spotify, Ericsson and Skype are excellent examples of companies that value creative thinkers and are not afraid of giving talented and ambitious young professionals a chance to shine.

        4. Netherlands

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        Netherlands

          This plucky lowland nation has always been at the forefront of technological advancement, and continues to prioritize innovation to this day. While many people associate its capital with drugs and partying, there are a lot of unique, creative and highly paid job opportunities to be had here. Just take a walk down Dam Square and you’ll immediately get a sense of Amsterdam’s diverse culture, with the average person speaking 3.6 languages. It’s no surprise that their government prioritizes the High Tech and Creative Industry sectors, among others, and devotes a large chunk of the budget to improving these and creating new job openings.

          5. United States

          US Statue of Liberty

            The US has a longstanding history of IT excellence, with five of its universities making it into the top 10 Engineering and Technology Universities in the world – MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech and Georgia Institute of Technology. The US famously pioneered multiple projects that change the technological landscape of the world. From the internet to huge global computer companies, Microsoft and Apple, all the way to unmanned combat aerial vehicles and all manner of robotics advancements, America has always invested heavily in those ready to push the boundaries of what was possible with current technology.

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            These countries are more than just names on a random list – they have all earned their reputation as top innovators through the years of hard work, and continual improvement. They value creative young minds, and invest a great deal in ideas with the potential to make a huge positive change on a global scale.

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            The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

            The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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            No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

            Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

            Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

            A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

            Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

            In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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            From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

            A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

            For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

            This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

            The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

            That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

            Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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            The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

            Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

            But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

            The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

            The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

            A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

            For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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            But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

            If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

            For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

            These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

            For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

            How to Make a Reminder Works for You

            Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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            Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

            Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

            My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

            Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

            I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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            Reference

            [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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