1. Persistence – Innovation involves more than just great ideas. We need faith, hard work and a laser sharp focus for the end result to keep persisting for our vision in the face of roadblocks.
“Invention is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration“,–Thomas A. Edison
2. Remove Self-Limiting Inhibitions – Under the spell of inhibition, we feel limited and stuck. We need to free ourselves from these mind-created constraints by removing assumptions and restrictions. This is what we refer to when we say “think outside the box”.
3. Take Risks, Make Mistakes –Some ideas will fail in the process of learning. Rather than treating the mistakes as failures, think of them as experiments. “Experiment is the expected failure to deliberately learn something.” Instead of punishing yourself for the failures, accept them, then take your newfound knowledge and put it towards finding the best solution. Live up to your goal of producing the best result, but understand you might hit roadblocks along the way
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.“–Thomas A. Edison
4. Escape –The more relaxed and calm we are internally, the more receptive we are to tap into our flowing creativity. This is why ideas sometimes come to us in the shower or while we’re alone. Each of us have different triggers to access our creative energy.
5. Writing Things Down – Many innovators and creative people keep a journal to jot down ideas and thoughts. Some keep a sketch book, scrap book, post-it notes, loose paper. They all have a method to capture their thoughts, to think on paper, to drop their inhibitions and start the creative process. Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous notebook was purchased by Bill Gates for $30.8 Million dollars.
6. Find Patterns and Create Combinations– Ideas come from other ideas. Did you know that Edison wasn’t the first one who came up with the invention of light bulb? He was the first one to build a workable carbon filament inside a glass bulb, that made light bulbs last longer.
7. Curiosity– Many innovators are just curious people who are inquisitive, and like to solve problems. Practice seeing things differently.
So stop thinking and start doing!