The word innovator isn’t assigned as a designation or a title to an individual’s name who is involved in an innovative process. Innovator isn’t so much of a title than it appears to be a way of life.
A way of life just like culture is what you execute every day of life. As an innovator you don’t take the back seat after hitting a breakthrough, hence other innovators in similar space will catch up and leave you behind and probably render your innovation obsolete.
Innovation ought to be an unceasing process such that the innovator endlessly seek new things people crave for but don’t have yet.
It isn’t just about making one big break and going to sleep, it’s about getting to create multiple innovations overtime.
A giant tech company like Google isn’t just a search engine platform as it owns an array of products (email, office tools, video conferencing app, blog e.t.c).
The giant tech company beyond dreaming of making some everyday activity easy for users also made it into reality and even taking over the market from some pioneers.
We have come up with a list of how to stay ahead of the curve in this world of innovation.
Carry your people along
Seeing the world from a different angle such that you can develop new and innovative ideas is one thing, however, inspiring people around you to bring that idea to life is another kettle of fish.
As an innovator, you should be ready to carry other people along so far you want to own your invention.
You have to be able to convince the people around you about what you are building for the future.
Convince them of why your innovation would make the world a better place.
Convincing people easily often means your ability with words, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a great orator before you get a grip on it.
If what you require is to speak publicly then do that often until you perfect the act.
As an innovator, you must be ready for the heat, even if it is coming from people criticizing your public presentation.
Getting better in the art can only come by constant practice.
Remain curious but question the status quo
You cant be tagged an innovator if you lack the capacity to thirst for knowledge.
Innovators are ever hungry for knowledge and always curious about what next with innovation in the world.
As the saying goes, it is questions that create knowledge and not answers, as most innovations have been developed from asking questions around what, why, how.
Things don’t just happen by chance, there are reasons for them, creating something new means you have to be able to think extra, looking beyond what people around you are seeing.
You may all be looking at the same object, but there is something that you have discovered on the object which the masses are not seeing.
Once you see it, don’t get overwhelmed by it but excited about its prospects.
Are you excited about your vision?
Your idea can be the best in the world and getting it translated into innovation can be so exciting.
However, what should matter to you as an innovator is inspiring people to get excited along with you.
When you are about to unveil a new product, are you just trying to sell it? Beyond this, you should be able to inspire excitement in your target market to take action.
First people should know about your product and should be so excited that they pass the excitement to others, thus your innovation to the way you have creatively introduced your product will inspire word of mouth action for you.
Remain honest while measuring your goals
Lying to yourself is one option you won’t want to explore as an innovator. Being honest and asking yourself critical questions are some of the traits of a successful innovator.
Don’t get lost in the “innovator’s bias” world – getting overexcited about your innovation without considering users’ benefit – Ask yourself, do people really need this product? Is this product for the right people? What feature changes can I make? Does it pose any value?
Asking these questions will save you a lot from not scaling at all if your product would eventually not make a breakthrough.
So you can always check back and innovate for the right reasons. It isn’t about you, it is about the people. Don’t forget to also create measures for success while tracking your progress.
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