Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.  – Steve Jobs

There are certain phrases that are so overused that the meaning is lost.  For me, “outside the box” is one of those phrases.  Many of those people who proclaim to be “outside the box” thinkers have created their own box.  They simply don’t follow any rules and overlook simple solutions – often at the expense of success.

What we need are innovative people who are intuitive and skilled about when to be in the box and when to create new ideas.  Innovation is about vision . . . it’s about creativity.  Innovators don’t solve problems everyone else is trying to solve.  Innovators create solutions for problems that don’t yet exist.  Innovators don’t say, “Follow me.”  Innovators lead through actions and results.

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