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Learning Innovation from Thomas A. Edison
September 25, 2014

Quiet Innovation

Author: Don Mangum, Jr. - Categories: Become More Innovative, Innovation Quotes - Tags: , ,

The world is full of background noise. It can be the constant hum of our lives that we hardly notice, but it does affect us. Do we notice that this noise disrupts us? I had a couple of experiences recently that caused me to think about it.

I live near a road that takes people out of my neighborhood and to the major street. A bus goes down that road about every 15 minutes. Recently, some major work is being done on a sewer line and the road is completely closed.  All traffic and the bus route has been diverted. This will continue for several months. The day after the road was shut down, as I was getting into my car I noticed something did not feel right.  I paused for a moment and then realized the noise was gone. My peaceful neighborhood had become even more peaceful.

Quiet life leads to InnovationThe second experience happened when my wife and I went to an appointment in the evening a few weeks ago. Our appointment was about an hour out of the city. We visited as we listened to quiet music during the trip.  When we got to our destination we walked a short distance to the entrance.  As we walked, my wife observed, “It is really peaceful here.” She was right.  There was no noise from the city, no noise from animals or from anything else. Just a peaceful quiet.

Noise is often a distraction and distractions can keep us from our innovations, and other goals we have in our lives.  Albert Einstein commented that, “The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”

Creativity is so important, and yet we allow distractions to keep us from it. What is worse, we get so used to the distractions that we stop realizing they are often causing us to lose focus. So, take some time and look at the distractions in your life. You may not be able to remove them, but if you see them and limit them, you may find time for some of the quiet life that often leads to innovation.

September 18, 2014

The Journey of Innovation

Author: Don Mangum, Jr. - Categories: Innovation Quotes - Tags: ,

Innovation often begins with creativity and ends with the acceptance of a new product or idea. What takes place along the way? The journey can be long, difficult and treacherous, but exciting. The road will be full of successes and failures.

The video below explores this journey. Take a look at it. It may help you better understand the difficulties of innovation and inspire you to keep going. As with all challenging undertakings, the journey of innovation begins with the first step. As long as you keep moving forward and trying hard, you are on the road to success.

This Blog was originally posted September 10, 2013.

September 4, 2014

If You Dream It You Can Innovate It

Author: Don Mangum, Jr. - Categories: Become More Innovative, Thomas Edison - Tags: , ,

What if I told you that you can make your dreams come true? What if I told you that your fantasies can become realities? Would you believe it? Do you believe that others, like Edison, can do it?

The history of innovation is taking thoughts and dreams and turning them into reality. Innovation begins with a dream, then a vision of a different future. Many people have dreams, some have a vision of the future, but few can take this vision and turn it into a reality. Some dreams can come true in a short period of time; others take longer. Edison dreamed of electric cars, he was able to get his dream started, and others are turning it into reality today.

In the video below, we learn about a dream discovered in a movie that is being turned into reality today. A young man dreamed of flying as a a kid, and now he is doing it. So keep dreaming and working. If you keep at it, your dreams can come true.