What Innovation Can Do to Your

It’s a talent that everyone has, yet they think they don’t. The power
of innovation. If you’ve ever marvelled at somebody’s creative prowess,
guess what, you can create and innovate too. It just takes time.
Everyone is born creative. The box of crayons in kindergarten were not
limited to those who possessed potential; because the truth is,
everybody has potential.

You know how long it took to learn to ride a bike or drive or to never
commit the same mistake again? It’s the same with innovation. It takes
a  bit of practice and a lot of time before this mind function
comes easily  when called. This article will teach you a few
tips on how to bring innovation into your life.

Don’t listen to what other people say. Follow the beat of your own
drum. Allowing for the input of other people will only bring cacophony
to the music you are trying to make. If you have an original idea,
don’t waste your time and effort trying to make people understand. They
won’t. And the help you will probably get comes in the form of negative
feedback. If all those geniuses listened to their peers, we would
probably still be living in the middle ages.

Spend time on it. I cannot stress that enough, although, please do not
mistake this tip to tell you to quit your day job entirely. Do not.
This involves some tricky time management but with a little discipline
you’ll be able to squeeze both in.

Exercise. Take a walk. Run a mile or two. Send all those endorphins
coursing through your veins. Exercising certainly clears and relaxes
your mind and allows for anything to pop up.

Record your dreams. Aren’t some of them just the craziest things that
your conscious mind would never have thought of? If you’ve had these
dreams before, and I’m sure have, this only shows you the untapped
innovative power you have lying within. So jot down those notes. Those
dreams may just create an innovative spark in you.

Find your own style. You can always tell a Van Gogh from a Matisse.
You’ll know Hemingway wrote something by the choice of words on the
paper. So it is the same with you. People will appreciate your
innovation more because it is uniquely yours and that no one else would
have thought of what you were thinking. That will let people see how
valuable an asset you are.

Don’t hide behind nifty gadgets or tools. You don’t need the most
expensive set of paints to produce a masterpiece. The same way with
writing. You don’t need some expensive fountain pen and really smooth
paper for a bestseller. In fact, J.K. Rowling wrote the first book of
the Harry Potter Series on bits of tissue. So what if you’ve got an
expensive SLR camera if you’re a crappy photographer? Who cares if
you’ve got a blinging laptop if you can’t write at all? The artist
actually reduces the number of tools he has as he gets better at his
craft: he knows what works and what doesn’t.

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Nothing will work without passion. What wakes you up in the mornings?
What keeps the flame burning? What is the one thing that you’ll die if
you don’t do? Sometimes people with talent are overtaken by the people
who want it more. Think the hare and the tortoise. Ellen Degeneres once
said that if you’re not doing something that you want to do, then you
don’t really want to do it. And that’s true. Sometimes you just want
something so bad you become a virtual unstoppable. And that is passion.
Passion will keep you going.

Don’t worry about inspiration. You can’t force it; inspiration hits
when you least expect it to, for those unpredictable yet inevitable
moments you should prepare. An idea could strike you on the subway, yet
alas, you poor unfortunate soul; you have no sheet of paper to scribble
down a thought that could change the world. Avoid these disasters. Have
a pen and paper within your arm’s reach at all times.

I hope this article has helped you bring more innovation into your
life. Keep in mind that you’re doing these things for your own
satisfaction and not anybody else’s. But soon enough they will notice,
and everything should snowball from there.

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Diane Higgins

"Be your authentic self it's the path to success."-Psychologist Diane Higgins has authored numerous papers and has lectured extensively helping people find their authentic self, learn to be being purposeful and develop positive thinking. Diane is the author and/or editor of our Self Help Section.
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