dare to innovate!

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Sometimes in business, it feels like we’re stuck in the same old cycles and nothing makes me feel like that more than the avoidance of taking a risk and doing things a bit differently!

If you do what you’ve always done, you get what you always got

People say this for a reason. Yet there still seems to be a preference to rely on established methods and techniques to achieve success, because people know they work. Even with something as new as social media, there’s a myriad of do’s and don’ts; rules and regulations on what works and what doesn’t, which people follow to the letter.  Who says that’s the most effective way of doing things?  It begs the question, are we being sold solutions through our insecurities and adversity towards taking risks?

Who ate the first berry?

We’re humans and naturally we don’t survive well without each other. We need leaders, we need followers. We need hunters and we need nurturers. It’s not the best analogy but I often ask myself who was the curious person that first ate a berry, to see what they it do. Of course, we learnt from the people who suffered the consequences of trying the poisonous berries which ones not to eat, but we learn more from the fact they tried them at all. It’s how we discover new things work!.

Without innovators, I wouldn’t be typing this now. They’ve built on, but also questioned each other’s knowledge.  The first prototypes are usually unrecognisable as the finished product. The point is that in business you can be a follower, but that’s all you’ll ever do. To break the mould, you need to be curious and take the lead.

Think differently

I’m as much risk-adverse as the next person. It’s not a natural trait, but one that’s been drummed into me through years of working in large organisations. Quite honestly, I’m a bit bored of reading the same things again and again. The ones that stand out say something different, or in a different way to everyone else. The brain loves novelty after all.

But those people who dare to be different, dare to take risks and laugh in the face of opinion and ridicule are the true innovators in life.  Everyone can innovate, it just takes a bit of imagination.

I’m not there yet, in fact I’m way off. I have to remind myself everyday that it’s good to be different. Then I have to push myself to be just that.  Most importantly I need to recognise that it doesn’t make you less competitive, less employable or less informed.

Just less the same.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on being different and breaking some of the rules (or not!) so please leave a comment if you’ve got something to say. If you liked this, you might also like perception v’s reality: the key to great communication or the business plan monster living under my bed.

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About lifeinzuri
Thirty-something Englanderin copywriter and business owner in Zurich ... Blogging about life, love, language barriers and small business on the best journey of my life :)

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