Can you be more innovative? To be honest, I don't know. I think 40 percent of the population can never be good at innovating, regardless what they do. The 10% population are born to innovate. They always knew what they want to do and how they can achieve it.
The rest of 50 percent could learn to be good at innovating if they can persuade their brain to ignite their light in the dark, rather than waiting to be rescued by others.
Innovation is not only about technology. You can innovate in any field of work or every aspect of your lifestyle. For example, Facebook and Google treat their employees better than any other company. Management invented a unique way to motivate employees.
So how to become more innovative - Here is how
Observe and ask questions
Make this a habit. Whenever you discover something new, observe and answer three questions.
- Why would anybody use or buy this service/product?
- Would you ever purchase this service/product? And why
- How can you improve it?
By answering these questions, you are developing your mind to be more innovative. Don't be afraid to sound stupid when you answer. You will learn along the way.
Be critical when answering these.
Aim to solve problems
The invention is useless if it cannot solve problems. Every invention in history had a purpose, a way to solve problems.
How to find problems?
- Talk to people
- Think about different ways to make life easier
- Research failed projects and the intention behind it
Once your mind is set to solve problems then you will start generating quality and new ideas. This exercise will make you more innovative.
Think about problems you tackle every day.
List 10 ideas every day
I list ten ideas every morning because that's when my brain can unleash its full power. You should do it at the time best suits you.
Here is a trick: Don't think you can't do it, Just do it. Grab a pen and paper, and start writing your ideas.
It can be anything you like or want to change such as:
- How to make life easier
- How to sell more products
- How to improve business contacts
- How to improve SMEs profit
- How to improve health with little spending on personal coaching
List all the ideas you can think of even if it has been invented. You might want to improve on an exciting idea.
Let's do the maths ten ideas a day for the whole year
10x365 = 3,650 ideas a year
If you have over 3,000 bad ideas, 500 ideas are already out there you still have over 100 ideas to choose from.
You only need one idea to take you where you want to be.
Change your attitude
If you want to become an innovator you need to change your attitude.
STOP saying you "can't"
START saying "can if"
These words should eliminate from your brain if you want to think and become an innovator.
- "I can't do it"
- "It won't work"
- "I am not sure"
- "He/She can do better than me"
When you have a problem or can't understand things then it is easier to walk. Next when you have a problem or can't understand do things differently.
- Start mind mapping on how to solve
- Learn in a different way
- Ask for help
From today start to sentences like "I can if... " rather "I can't because... "
You can read thousands of articles, read many books, ask for advice but it will not happen until you take an action.
How many times have you decided to lose weight, read articles about losing weight, asked for advice, and joined the gym.
After one month you did not lose any weight, why? Because you had the knowledge but you never put into action.
Once you have decided it do something, even if you die doing it, it should be fine with you.
Innovators take action. They are committed to their work, ideas, and will stand by it even if they die.
Simply because they believe they can do it.
"Whatever your mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past." By Napoleon Hill.
Most people do not develop themselves and enhance their skills. It is because they don't know how to reach next level.