The 8 points of success


The 8 points of success. In today’s conversation Judith Germain is speaking to Mark Shekter about how to unlock creative potential. Mark shares the story of how he initially planned to become a lawyer like his family, but ultimately found his true passion in music, comedy, and television writing. He describes the pivotal moments that led him to leave law school and pursue a creative career, despite the skepticism of those around him.

Key Takeaways

  • Tap into your innate purpose and what you’re meant to do to unlock creativity
  • Creativity is about fully executing ideas, not just having ideas
  • Leaders need to make space for strategic thinking and creativity
  • Creativity flourishes when you honor your true calling, even if it means taking risks


Philosophical Alignment on Creativity and Risk

  • Both share a “maverick” philosophy of independent thinking and risk-taking to find one’s truth
  • Creativity comes from tapping into your purposefulness and allowing that energy to flow
  • Risk aversion dissolves when you’re doing what you love and are meant to do

Defining Creativity

  • Creativity = an idea fully executed, not just having ideas
  • The genius is in getting ideas implemented, not just conceiving them
  • A “plan that will work” is true strategy, not just a beautifully presented plan

Unlocking Creative Potential

  • Identify your innate purpose – what is your true value and gift to the world?
  • When you hit that purposefulness, your creative energy ignites
  • Make space for strategic thinking rather than just reacting
  • Leaders need to schedule time for this creative exploration

The Creative Process

  • Thinkate 8-step process: 1) Tap into purpose 2) Blueprint for moving forward
  • Allows you to focus all experiences/knowledge toward a meaningful conclusion
  • Seeing the full impact of your actions, present and future
  • Brings about personal dreams but also helps shape company culture

In this conversation Mark and Judith discover they share a philosophical alignment around the importance of independent, maverick thinking and risk-taking to pursue one’s true calling, rather than following a pre-determined path. They discuss how this mindset has shaped their respective careers and creative pursuits.

Maverick leadership is all about thinking outside the box and challenging the status quo. It’s about having the courage to take risks and the confidence to lead in a way that is authentic and genuine.

But amplifying your influence as a leader isn’t just about having a strong vision or a big personality. It’s also about having the right leadership capability and being able to execute on your ideas and plans.

The consequences of not having the right level of influence as a leader can be significant. Without the ability to inspire and motivate others, you may struggle to achieve your goals and make a real impact.

How Influential Are you? Take the scorecard at and see. 

Mark Shekter can be found on LinkedIn here. His website can be found here.

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