We are fortunate to live in a time when innovation occurs on an almost daily basis. Turn on the evening news and there will be at least one story devoted to a medical breakthrough, a technological advance, or some type of new, fascinating discovery. The corporate world wants employees that are cutting-edge, innovative thinkers to keep them successful and profitable, and will do what it takes to keep that competitive edge.
Innovation, simply defined, is the introduction of new things or methods.
So what makes someone innovative? Think back to the greatest innovators in history: Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, The Wright Brothers, Albert Einstein, Philo T. Farnsworth, Walt Disney, Neil Armstrong, Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak… and what do they all have in common? What brought them to innovation?
1. They followed their dreams, no matter how "unconventional" they were.
2. They immersed themselves in the process.
3. They listened to their intuition.
4. They used creative techniques.
5. They tried and failed until there was success.
In that regard, aren't we all a little innovative in one way or another?
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are … I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things.” - Steve Jobs