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Becoming An Innovator

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When my husband told me that Steve Jobs had died, I looked at him and said, “that man has truly changed the world”.  You see, Steve Jobs was an innovator and someone who thought outside of the box on a regular basis.  He didn’t focus on how to make money, but on how to best serve the customer by providing what they wanted, often before they even knew they wanted it.  By the way, Steve Jobs never graduated from college!



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

Innovators aren’t worried about keeping up with the Joneses; they’re too busy creating things that will change the Joneses way of life.  Keeping up with the Joneses is a false measuring stick of success because for all you know, they might be one paycheck away from bankruptcy.  The truth is you never know whom it is that the Joneses are trying to keep up with.  And wouldn’t you be surprised to find out that they might be trying to keep up with you!

Embrace your uniqueness.  The question is why are you trying to keep up with the Joneses instead of trusting yourself to be innovative enough to do things in the way that works best for you?  It’s like a sad trick has been played on you when you try to keep up with someone else only to find out they are too scared to come up with anything truly original and don’t even trust themselves.  Why would you give up your unique identity and purpose to somebody else by trying to keep up with them?

Embrace the idea of taking a risk.  The whole idea of keeping up with the Joneses is part of the “herd” mentality where people blindly go along following the herd, rather than striking out on their own.  Becoming an innovator involves becoming comfortable with embracing risk.   Great innovators consider themselves learners and don’t fear failure even when this means reworking something or embracing a completely new idea or concept to replace one that did work the way they had hoped.

Spiritual Perspective: The best scripture verse for this is found in Proverbs 3:5-6* Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding.  In all your ways remember him. Then he will make your paths smooth and straight. Step out and trust the big dreams and unique ideas that God has put into your heart. Innovators succeed by staying ahead of the curve.  When God put it into Noah’s heart to build an ark, nobody had ever seen anything like that, and yet it was exactly what God had called him to do.  When God puts an idea in your heart that doesn’t look like anything that has ever been done before, rejoice because He is calling you to be an innovator!  Rest assured that divinely inspired ideas are met with divinely orchestrated appointments and opportunities to fuel your success.

Truth For Your Life:  How has the keeping up with the Jones’ way of thinking held you back from what you really want for your life?  What will it take for you to get comfortable with taking a risk and striking out to pursue your own ideas?  What ways can you begin to take action this week on the unique ideas that are in your heart?

*Holy Bible, New International Reader’s Version® Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998 by Biblica.   All rights reserved worldwide.

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