Five Habits of Innovative Thinkers

Five Habits of Innovative Thinkers

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In our world today, innovative thinkers are in charge. Over the course of history, mankind has had several dispensations. For example, there was a time when conquerors ruled the world. This was a time when Pharaohs and Caesars controlled the entire known world. They were men of war, seasoned in combat and dedicated to the goal of expanding their empire. In those times, to be successful, you had to be big, strong, and ruthlessly aggressive. Still at other times in history, it was men of religion, or science that occupied positions of leadership and influence. Today, in this dispensation of Information Technology, innovative thinkers, and creative thinkers’ rule. A quick poll of companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft gives credence to this fact. So, in this post, we will explore what it means to be an innovative thinker. We will also consider the example of an innovative thinker and conclude with five habits of innovative thinkers.

What does it mean to be an innovative thinker? More importantly, why are they so important today? Well, lets take a quick look at the root word here, which is innovate. Simply put, the word innovate means finding new ways to do old and established things. So, by extension, an innovative thinker is one who thinks up new, more efficient ways to do things. They are people who constantly challenge the status quo, knowing that all good things can always be made better. Interestingly, this is why they are important to our society today; they help improve the standard of living. They are indeed a unique breed of people.

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With that said, in the next section, we will look at three ways to encourage innovative thinking.

Three Ways to encourage Innovative Thinking

Innovation is essential if continued success is to be achieved. That’s because by nature, innovation helps prevent complacency and stagnation. It forces you to work on good ideas and make them better and better over time. So how do you encourage innovative thinking and the innovative process? Here are three ways to do that:

  1. Brainstorm Regularly: Either as a group or individual, brainstorming on a regular basis helps widen one’s creativity and perspective towards problems.
  2. Experiment with new Things: Creativity and innovation usually come from experimenting with new things. To boost your creative thinking capabilities, don’t limit yourself to the status quo. Instead, try new things and think outside the box.
  3. Be Open to Possibilities: Being open to new possibilities can open up a whole new world of creativity. It allows you to get a wide range of information that can boost your creative thinking.

We believe these are some of the ways creative thinkers kept themselves innovating. One such innovative thinker was Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple.

Five Interesting Facts about Steve Jobs

Here are some interesting facts about Steve Jobs that you probably didn’t know:

  1. Steve Jobs was born by Syrian immigrants but raised by adoptive parents.
  2. Steve’s adoptive father taught him about electronics in their home garage. This was what ignited his interest in electronics and chips.
  3. At the early age of 13, he had a Summer job working with Bill Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard (HP).
  4. The first Mac computer he designed was under-powered and expensive. It also had few software applications, all of which resulted in disappointing sales.
  5. The Apple I was built in the Jobs’ family garage. It was built with money Steve Jobs and Stephen Wozniak had obtained by selling Steve’s Volkswagen Minibus and Stephen’s Programmable Calculator.

Despite the challenges Steve Jobs faced, he continued to persist and innovate. Today, Apple is one of the most innovative and recognized technology companies on the planet.

Five Habits of Innovative Thinkers

Here are five habits of innovative thinkers that could stir up your creative thinking:

  1. Curiosity: Innovative thinkers are curious, inquisitive people. They have an uncanny ability to identify patterns and things that stand out. This helps them view problems from a different perspective and find unconventional answers.
  2. Passion: Creative thinkers are passionate about what they do. It is this passion that fuels their persistence, consistency, and creativity in their line of work.
  3. Purpose: Purpose gives direction to passion. Innovative thinkers are goal and purpose driven.
  4. Creativity: Innovative thinkers understand the power of creativity and allow the process to run its course. They usually give themselves time to nurture their creative ideas so they can blossom into full blown innovative ideas.
  5. Confidence: Innovative thinking produces confidence. They have confidence in their dreams, products, and in the fact that they can produce more inspired ideas over the years.

How do you encourage innovative thinking in your life? Are there specific ways you do so that are not listed in this post? Also, what habits of innovative thinkers do you have? Feel free to share them with us. We would love to hear from you.

Today’s Funny Quote

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. Charles M. Schulz

Our funny quote today is by Charles M. Schulz, the American Cartoonist:

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

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