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Learning Innovation from Thomas A. Edison
February 26, 2016

What can we learn from failure and critics?

Author: Don Mangum, Jr. - Categories: Innovators - Tags: , ,

If you have a new idea a couple things will almost always happen. First, there are going to be setback and failures. No matter how good the idea is, concepts need to be refined and improved once a thought goes into action. Second, there are always going to be critics. Some will simply dismiss an idea because it is new and they prefer the status quo. Or they may try to give constructive criticism, which can sometimes be helpful, but is often discouraging.

How do we deal with these issues? Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, has a few thoughts on the idea. He was often told he was not going to be successful.  His ideas were not accepted in the beginning, but perseverance has kept him going. Following his advice may be what you need to be successful in innovation.

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February 19, 2016

Do you use your creativity?

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

Everyone cannot be Thomas Edison. Edison was able to innovate in different disciplines and fields in ways that few others have even been able to come close to. But to improve our innovation skills we don’t need to be Edison, we just need to be able to learn some of the traits and skills he mastered.

One of these skills is creativity. Many people say, “I can’t do that, I’m not creative” or “I can’t do that, I don’t have the talent.” Other people may have more talent, or more experience in being creative, but that misses the point. Every person has seeds of creativity inside of them. Every person can become more creative. Where you are is often not as important as where you are going and the steps you are taking to get there.

The following video is about how to have better creative thinking. If you watch, understand and apply what it talks about, you can be more creative tomorrow and then more the next day. Becoming a little better each day may be all you need to succeed in your innovation.

This blog was originally posted February 3, 2015.

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February 12, 2016

What separates innovators from everyone else?

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

I can remember watching Muhamad Ali light the Olympic torch at the 1996 Atlanta games. He was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and shaking as he held the touch in his hand. I have known a few people with Parkinson’s and recognize the difficulty in having the symptoms of shaking as the disease takes its toll on the body. I felt bad for what Ali and his family were going through and then moved on and watched the games.

Fast forward to a few years ago. A ten-year old, Utkarsh Tandon, was watching a video of the same opening games. His thought process was a little different than many or most others. He started thinking and imagining how he could help those with Parkinson’s. Eventually he came up with an idea. It is a ring that one can wear that will measure the various types of shaking associated with the disease. By being able to get this information to the doctor, it will be easier to regulate the medications and treatments that help those with the disease cope with their symptoms.

This young man, while still a teenager, is working to make this a reality. He already has a prototype printed on a 3D Printer.  He is now seeking funding to take his innovation to the next step. What separates innovators from everyone else? One thing is the ability to see an obstacle as a problem to be solved. They are not willing to stay with the status quo.  Rather, they are seeking to make the world a better place, sometimes better for just a small group of people, but better none the less. Opportunities for innovation are all around us,  So, just look for the difficulties and be open to finding a better way. This may be what you can do to help change the world for the better.

To learn more about Utkarash Tandon Click Here and Here

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February 5, 2016

The Wright Motivation

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

Innovators Orville and Wilbur WrightRecently we posted about the Wright Brothers.  We received such a good response that I thought I would go back and see if there were any inspirational quotations from them.  I found some, but I found something else that I thought was interesting.  Just like the rest of us they thought about giving up.  In some of their letters they stated that they thought it might take a thousand years to be able to fly and that they may not even be able to do it.

Even though they had doubts, they kept on going.  It reminds me of the Edison quote, “Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.”  These brothers were able to get past the discouragement and keep moving.  Sometimes it takes just a little inspiration to get us to success.  Here are a few of their thoughts to help us keep going towards our innovation.

Wilbur

“What one man can do himself directly is but little.  If however he can stir up ten others to take up the task he has accomplished much.”

“I am an enthusiast, but not a crank in the sense that I have some pet theories as to the proper construction of a flying machine. I wish to avail myself of all that is already known and then if possible add my mite to help the future worker who will attain final success.”

“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.”

Orville Wright

“If they had been interested in invention with the idea of making money, they most assuredly would have tried something in which the chances for success were higher.”

“If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.”

“The airplane stays up because it doesn’t have the time to fall.”

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