Do you need to create a world changing innovation to be innovative? And where do you even start on something that big?
Many people think to themselves: I will never create a world changing innovation, so why start?.
Starting, trying is the point.
Innovation is a skill – a sort of muscle that needs to be worked. Being innovative, much like getting in shape, is a process. Going to the gym for the first time and killing yourself on the treadmill for two hours is a horrible plan for getting in shape. With any exercise program, you need to start small and gradually condition your body for those big workouts.
For developing new ideas, you need to start by conditioning your brain.
For most of us, innovation can start personally on a small scale.
- Take a different route to work
- Implement a system into your daily activity that would increase your productivity
- Try new activities that might give you an opportunity to meet new people.
- Get up 30 minutes earlier a day and read
These simple things could be completely transformational.
Just because you won’t ever be a Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) or an Elon Musk (Tesla), doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to be innovative. Hell, you might end up making something better than those guys. You just have to start. You need to try new and different things. Start with small innovations in your personal life. Exposure to new ideas, opportunities, and, yes, failures, will lead to larger breakthroughs.
Be innovative with your life. If you can’t do it on a small scale, you will never be able to do it on a large scale.