One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out of it.— Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
Find Your Inner Innovator
Innovation. AKA the big scary monster hiding under the bed. (Next to the empty wine bottles, of course.) Hear what President and COO of The Henry Ford Museum, Patricia Mooradian has to say about letting the innovators of the past lead the way. (Not so scary now, huh?)
It can be easy to fall into a routine at work… You do your thing. You cash your check. Rinse, wash, repeat. But, if that’s the case, it might be time to practice your innovative skills. Whether it’s finding a simpler and smarter way to do something (cloud-based file sharing, anyone?) or inventing a totally new product— creative problem solving can be the difference between a clock in and clock out job and a fulfilling, life-long career.
Remember when your parents told you, “Don’t go looking for trouble”? Well, they should have told you to go looking for problems instead. Keeping an eye out for issues and inefficiencies can help you find an opportunity to create a solution— and possibly your own business venture.
Destined to be an entrepreneur but don’t know where to start? Here’s how to identify a “need” so you can start brainstorming concepts. And don’t forget, just because someone else has a genius way of doing things (here’s looking at you, Amazon Prime) doesn’t mean you can’t find a better way to do it.