Friday, May 01, 2009

Innovation

There is a space between the origin of an idea and its transformation into something useful that totally defines our ability to innovate. A lot of us have ideas which we can manifest, meaning we have great ability to invent, but few of us have the ability to apply that idea successfully, or innovate.

Frequently we are faced with a period in our lives where we either choose or are forced to reinvent ourselves. This is generally a positive experience because it allows us to move beyond our current level of acceptance and into something greater than we were previously. Reinvention in itself is not enough though if our end goal is excellence. In reinventing we take our previous borders and rules and extend them into something new. In expanding our boarders, we are still confined by borders, albeit with more room to explore, but with limits nonetheless.

The manifestation of new ideas allows us new freedoms and provides us greater opportunity, but the opportunity we seek to excel is beyond our borders and nears the limitless potential only provided through innovation. Invention takes thought and innovation takes commitment, because of this we rarely explore the innovative areas within our minds. Innovation is the place we think ourselves out of getting to because we are afraid to make the necessary committed risk of actually allowing our potential to be answered. By framing boundaries around our potential we never really get a true answer as to if that potential was maximized or if we just hit our creative wall.

Through personal evolution, or reinvention, we instigate the origin of idea, yet miss the mark in filling that space until something useful is born. Because of fear, external circumstance, and failure we lose the ability to move beyond self perceived limits therefore never allowing ourselves to experience true innovation. Ultimately we fill that space in between, but not to its capacity, and not to the extent where our ideas become innovations. Essentially we see, feel, and experience success, yet miss out on excellence.

Inventor George B. Selden came up with the idea of a four wheeled motorcar, while innovator Henry Ford mass produced the automobile and revolutionized the auto industry in America. Both had great ideas, both battled in the legal system over patents, one is recognized as an icon. Interestingly enough neither was limited by the fact that they did not have a drivers license.

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