According to the Oxford English dictionary, the word ‘innovate’ means to “Make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.” But is innovation really necessary? Isn’t it enough if something already works well?
The answer is no. But don’t take it from me!
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs
“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.” – Woody Allen
“He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.” – Francis Bacon
Whatever it is that you’re working on, innovation should always be a part of it. In fact, without innovation, you might as well give up now. The truth is, if you have a continuous project, innovation is vital for your success. Things change, circumstances change, people change. You cannot anticipate all of these things, you cannot prepare the perfect project in advance but what will make it outstanding, is adaptation. Adapting to changing events, to changing circumstances. That is what will make you a great entrepreneur.
But is not just in your work life that you have to be innovative. Think of this: Imagine you are having the best week, you are working, studying, spending time with your friends and having an amazing time. Now imagine living the same exact week for a year. Do you think that after one year you will still have the same amount of fun? Probably not. Because in life you also have to innovate, especially when it comes to relationships with other people.
So take this notion and try to give it some thought. Do you want to be a successful entrepreneur? Do you want to succeed in your chosen field? Do you want to have an exciting life full of adventures? Well, then your middle name better be innovation.