Archive for September 2012


7 Habits of Highly
Innovative People
Have you ever looked at
super creative or
innovative people, and felt
they are special beings
blessed with gifts? Have
you felt that you are not
as fortunate? I used to feel
this way. I have since
learned that creativity is
more about psychology
than intellect, and there
are no secrets to being
creative. Actually, there is
no such thing as “being
more creative”, you are
already a creative being.
I’m sure we can all relate
to moments when we felt
stuck trying to tap into
our own creativity. Did
you know that this block
is merely your mind at
work? Your mind is
creating all sorts of
assumptions, self-imposed
constraints and self-
limiting inhibitions. I have
found that we can remove
these assumptions just by
being in the moment;
start doing, and stop
Here are seven habits
found in highly innovative
and creative people that
I’ve organized and
summarized from Scott
Berkun‘s “the myths of
1. Persistence –
Innovation involves more
than just great ideas. We
need faith, hard work and
a laser sharp focus for the
end result to keep
persisting for our vision in
the face of roadblocks. We
tend to see the end result
of a creative idea in awe,
but what we don’t see are
the actions, hard work and
persistence behind the
scene to make the vision a
“Invention is 1%
inspiration, 99%
–Thomas A. Edison
2. Remove Self-Limiting
Inhibitions – Under the
spell of inhibition, we feel
limited and stuck. We
need to free ourselves
from these mind-created
constraints by removing
assumptions and
restrictions. This is what
we refer to when we say
“think outside the box”.
Encourage ourselves to be
open to new ideas and
solutions without setting
limiting beliefs.
Remember, innovation is
more about psychology
than intellect.
3. Take Risks, Make
Mistakes – I believe that
part of the reason why we
create self-imposed
inhibition is due to our
fear of failure. Expect that
some ideas will fail in the
process of learning. Build
prototypes often, test
them out on people,
gather feedback, and
make incremental
changes. Rather than
treating the mistakes as
failures, think of them as
experiments. “Experiment
is the expected failure to
deliberately learn
something.” (Scott Berkun)
. Instead of punishing
yourself for the failures,
accept them, then take
your newfound
knowledge and put it
towards finding the best
solution. Live up to your
goal of producing the best
result, but understand you
might hit roadblocks
along the way.
“I have not failed. I’ve just
found 10,000 ways that
won’t work.“
–Thomas A. Edison
4. Escape – Our
environment can and does
effect how we feel. The
more relaxed and calm we
are internally, the more
receptive we are to tap
into our flowing creativity.
This is why ideas
sometimes come to us in
the shower or while we’re
alone. Each of us have
different triggers to access
our creative energy. I get
into the ‘creative zone’
from sitting at my dining
table, with a warm cup of
chai, and my noise-
canceling headphones.
Many great thinkers go on
long walks to help them
solve problems.
Experiment and find what
works for you.
5. Writing Things Down –
Many innovators and
creative people keep a
journal to jot down ideas
and thoughts. Some keep
a sketch book, scrap book,
post-it notes, loose paper.
They all have a method to
capture their thoughts, to
think on paper, to drop
their inhibitions and start
the creative process.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s
famous notebook was
purchased by Bill Gates for
$30.8 Million dollars.
6. Find Patterns & Create
Combinations – Ideas
come from other ideas.
Did you know that Edison
wasn’t the first one who
came up with the
invention of the light
bulb? He was the first to
build a workable carbon
filament inside a glass
bulb, that made light
bulbs last longer. You can
increase your exposure to
new ideas, look for
patterns and see how you
can combine ideas to
improve upon existing
7. Curiosity – Many
innovators are just curious
people who are
inquisitive, and like to
solve problems. Practice
seeing things differently.
For example, When seeing
the solution to a problem,
ask yourself, “What are
some alternative ways to
doing this?”.
Ask a lot of questions and
challenge the norms or
existing methods.
Here are some
techniques you can
apply to cultivate
creativity :
Keep a Journal –
Practice writing every
thought, idea, and
inspiration down.
Practice, brainstorming
and thinking on paper.
Solve the Opposite
Problem – Scott talked
about this technique.
The idea is to invent
and brainstorm by
solving the opposite
problem that you are
trying to solve. So, for
example, if you are
trying to create “The
best laptop design”,
then start with ideas to
create “The worst
laptop design”. For
each idea you come up
with, flip it. For
example, if “heavy and
clunky” is one idea for
“The worst laptop
design”, then flipping
that might give me
“light and sleek” which
can be used in “The
best laptop design”.
This technique works
especially well when
brainstorming in a
group.The technique
sounds so silly that
people will become
playful when
answering. Humor
brings down inhibition
and encourages people
to say things out aloud.
People feel less
insecure and more
Find A Creative
Environment – Find a
relaxing or inspiring
environment that
triggers your creativity.
Try different spots until
you find some that
really bring out the
best in you. I alternate
between my living
room (which I have
carefully decorated)
and a couple of local
coffee shops.
Do something fun – If
you’re stuck on
something, shift your
thoughts by going to
do something fun and
completely different.
Come back to it with a
fresh mind.
Partnering – Find
creative partnerships
with another. New
ideas can surface as a
result of two forces
that would not have
been arrived by a single
person. Brainstorm
‘Commit to Failure’ –
“Commit yourself to
taking enough risks
that you will fail some
of the time. If you’re
not failing, we’re not
doing something
sufficiently difficult or
creative.” -Scott Berkun
Talk to Someone
About It – I have found
that when I try to
articulate a particular
problem to someone,
that I’ll somehow
articulate my solution,
as well. When
explaining my
situation, I’m not
expecting them to
solve my problem, but
rather act as a
‘bouncing board’ for
**Plan for Roadblocks
-Commit to efforts to
overcome potential
setbacks. It’s
worthwhile to identify
and have a plan for
non-creative items that
may inhibit creative
thinking. Scott talked
about the most
common roadblocks
people face: Loss of
motivation, ran out of
money, unable to
convince key person.
What do you think are
some common trait of
innovative people?
Share your thoughts in
the comments below.
See you there!


Posted September 16, 2012 by Fammeya Yelebe in Self Improvement

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