Innovators Must Let It Go

As human beings, we crave stability and equilibrium. Like Aesop, we tend to believe that slow and steady wins the race.

For innovation, however, slow and steady does not win the race. Focused intensity does–like the martial arts expert breaking a stack of boards or bricks. Furthermore, change is fuel for the innovation engine. Innovators understand that stability and equilibrium are the path to the dark side.

Heraclitus, the ancient philosopher, was the teacher of change. He taught that everything is in flux. He said that no one can step into the same river twice (because the water is constantly moving, and you are constantly changing). Innovators can learn a lot from him.

Here is how innovators think about change:

  • Change is normal.
  • Change is good.
  • Change brings opportunity.

The fear of change is also normal, but the present will soon be past, and you can’t keep things as they are anyway. It’s been said that the only “sure thing” in life is change.

Resistant to change? Embrace the innovator’s mindset!

Let it go! 

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