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Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

 

Thursday, August 1, 1996

Innovation

"One doesn’t discover new lands
without consenting to lose sight
of the shore for a very long time."
-- Andre Gide

Whatever your goals may be, you can reach them faster and more effectively if you’ll open yourself up to innovation. So many people spend the majority of their lives doing things a certain way, just because that’s the way they’ve always done them.

But that’s not good enough if you’re committed to being the best you can be, and living a life of accomplishment and purpose. You must learn to get everything you can out of everything you have and everything you do.

What is innovation? It doesn’t take a genius to be innovative. All it takes is the desire to look for new and better ways of getting things done. And the desire to try new approaches. Now that gets a little scary, because it brings the possibilty of failure. But the only real failure is never trying at all -- everything else is simply a learning experience on the way to your ultimate success.

When you try new approaches and innovations, you can be certain that most of them probably won’t work. If you keep trying and learning, though, you’ll find your own forumla for success.

It takes the same effort to do something effectively as it does to do it ineffectively. The difference is in strategy and innovation. Imagine what would happen if you discovered your optimum strategy. Imagine being able to improve your performance by a factor of ten, without any additional effort or expense.

The secret is to try different things, and pay attention to the results. You’ll soon find the very best way to do what needs to be done.

Your time is precious. Learn to make the very most of it.

— Ralph Marston

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