5 Innovation Quotes Worth Remembering

RocksWe’re bombarded with quotes around the topic of innovation every day. Thanks to social media and today’s sharing society, quotes by well-known (and unknown) figures are jockeyed about ad nauseam.

As we begin a new year, I’ve winnowed a list of 5 innovation quotes I feel are worth remembering. I’m happy to share them with you here.

“It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.” — Georgia O’Keeffe

“Your best plan is a plan to improvise.” — author unknown

“If I had an hour to save the world, I’d spend 59 minutes defining the problem and 1 minute finding solutions.” — Albert Einstein

“It ain’t innovation unless something moves.” — Bob Allen, IDEAS

“Get the customer first, then solve the problem.” — author unknown

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by Rebecca Cochran

You Don’t Have to Start at the Beginning

StartYou’ve set a goal. You’re determined to reach it. Now what?

Just start.

Not sure how to start? Don’t let that hold you back.

Start anyway.

Do I have to start at “the beginning?”

Nope, it’s okay to start anywhere.

Straight lines? What are those? Business (and life) is non-linear.

Start wherever.

Figure things out as you go. Try. Think. Ask. Prototype. Make mistakes. Learn. Course-correct. Repeat. Learn some more. Try again. Keep moving.

The single most important step is to start.

Start now.

 by Rebecca Cochran

Ideas Are Everywhere

SignI had just left a meeting and stopped for a coffee at a little privately owned café. My first stop, however, was the restroom.

As I was washing up, I noticed the sign. It caught me by surprise and caused me to stop and remind myself of this: Ideas Are Everywhere.

In fact, some of the best ideas turn up in the most unlikely places. Or, they are shared via the most unlikely member of your team. Good ideas can result from combining several crazy ideas.

This little sign hanging in an unlikely venue reminded me to get out into the world each and every day to allow ideas to appear.

The best ideas probably won’t happen at my desk.

Where do you find your best ideas?

by Rebecca Cochran