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The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators

There is not much agreement about what makes an idea innovative, and what makes an innovative idea valuable. For example, discussions on whether the internet is a better invention than the wheel are more likely to reveal personal preferences than logical argumentation. Likewise, experts disagree on the type and level of innovation that is most beneficial for organizations. Somestudiessuggest that radical innovation (which does sound sexy) confers sustainable competitive advantages, butothersshow that “mild” innovation – think iPhone 5 rather than the original iPhone – is generally more effective, not least because it reduces market uncertainty. There is also inconclusive evidence on whether we should pay attention to consumers’ views, with somestudiesshowing that a customer focus is detrimental for innovation because it equates to playing catch-up, butothersarguing for it. Even Henry Ford’s famous quote on the subject – “if I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said fast…

Like a fish

I started taking swimming lessons because I wanted to become a good swimmer. Initially, I thought swimming was easy, but it was not so. I cried on the first two days. I began swimming lessons in the three feet pool and learnt how to float. After two days, I learnt how to flap my legs and then moved on to the five feet pool. Now, I am a good swimmer. I have even got an annual membership in the club.

Easy steps to learn:
1. Believe you can do it.
2. Practise — it makes one perfect.
3. Start small and then move toward bigger things. Step-by-step progress will bring out great possibilities in you.

I felt ecstatic that I am finally able to swim.