Monday, June 9, 2014

Unlearn These 3 Things

Elliot S. Weissbluth, Founder and CEO of HighTower, writes on LinkedIn with lessons from his youth. Looking back, Weissbluth says if you want to be an innovator, challenge your assumptions about what innovation really means. He shares three lessons that today's college grads need to "unlearn":

Unlearn Lesson #1: Innovation results from major shifts in thinking.
From the article: Actually, innovations tend to be very modest, and often not very sexy changes. But, boy, are they powerful.
Unlearn Lesson #2: Innovation is driven by thinkers, not doers.
Innovation happens when you try something, fail, learn from it and try again. If you want to solve a problem or innovate: stop talking about it, roll up your sleeves and do the work.
Unlearn Lesson #3: Mire yourself in expertise.
The best ideas—true innovations— come from people working around the edges of their expertise. They know enough to be informed but not enough to be constrained by the “old way” of doing things.

As wise Jedi Master Yoda once said, "you must unlearn what you have learned."

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