What does Thanksgiving have to do with innovation? Could you create a better way to cook a Turkey or a more innovative way to prepare cranberry sauce? As I looked for ideas for a blog this week I found some innovations around Thanksgiving. Then, I thought about this some more. I came to the conclusion that we should be grateful for innovation and the people that help us with our innovation.
Innovation takes a lot of people and resources. Perhaps taking time to thank those who support us can help us gain clarity. So, read the quote below and take the time to thank those who help you. Maybe expressing this gratitude will help you move forward with your innovation.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melody Beattie
Innovating can be discouraging at times. Ideas and inventions are like a child learning to walk. There are a lot of false starts, falling down, and bumping of heads. Often we need encouragement. It is important to find people around us who can encourage and inspire us. Go and find these people. While you are looking, here are some thoughts that inspire us.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. – Mahatma Gandhi
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
– Maya Angelou
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
– Albert Einstein
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. – Walt Disney
And two great thoughts from Thomas Edison:
Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
This blog was originally posted September 19, 2012
In innovation, as in many aspects of life, timing is everything. Successful innovators are aware of the world around them and the needs of others. They recognize what needs to be improved and look for ways to make product or processes better.
A great idea may be premature or late for the market. Take some time to look at your innovation in the larger context. Is there something that your innovation needs to make it better or more marketable. For example the light bulb was great, but the universal screw-in bulb was easy for the average person to use and helped to improve the innovation.
The following video illustrates the importance of context with innovation, and probably being too late with your new exciting product.