Inspiration is the root of innovation. Most people associate innovation with something new, and rightfully so. Fortunately the elements that make up a new solution don’t need to be all new themselves. The essence is a new combination of existing elements.
A fresh look at things, an open mind, interest to look around and try new combinations; that’s a great way to be inspired and create solutions. The building blocks can be found everywhere. Example?
Recently I rediscovered George Bernard Shaw (1854 – 1950). General consultant to mankind.
His perspective is still fresh and his views inspire me.
Let me share some that I think are very useful for the issues we face:
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself”.
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”.
“A man of great common sense and good taste – meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage”.
“All great truths begin as blasphemies”.
“the reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself, therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man”.
“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it”.
Hopefully they will also inspire you and many more people to create great solutions to the many issues we face in business, healthcare, the environment, and many more fields.
In my view it’s a great strategy for our part of the world, Europe, to focus on creativity and innovation. We have enough ingredients, let’s add some inspiration! Thanks, George.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2.000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.