I have always been a very average person. So how is it that I am innovating a new application for the educational field? Magic?
Its actually nothing anyone else can’t do. Its born of the fruits of hard work, networking, marketing — all the work that anyone puts into building a career. Plus, its seeking solutions to problems along the way.
When I was running my own business and began running into difficulties, one of the representatives at SCORE explained that I had the ability to analyze where the gaps in my small business were and solve the problem. I’m no longer running my own business, but gap analysis enabled me to process this current dream into vision. “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” is not just for Gen. George S. Patton in times of war, but for those of us entrepreneurs in difficult business environments. Innovators are perceived as perfectionists. I decided that perfection is overrated – mostly because people are not perfect and never will be. I never let flaws stop me from progressing or reassessing my strategy.
My cousin teaches at a full immersion school. The American children learn all their subjects in fluent French. She needs an application to take her vocabulary words and create a weekly puzzle for the children to play with. She currently creates this by hand and it takes hours. She asked me to develop an application to create the puzzle for her. When she gave me the specs for this, I immediately Googled to find previous work to use as a guide. Surprisingly, this has not already been developed. As I dug into the algorithms necessary for this project, I realized it was just a little beyond my current experience.
Do I give up? Not at all. The gap was in some of my experience — software engineering design in OOP paradigm. So, who has those abilities? Software engineers. I began emailing. I found such an individual with the abilities and willingness to work with me on this.
To those who believe they are incapable of innovation – you are correct. To those who believe they are capable of innovation – you are correct. Limits are challenges to overcome unless you see those limits and absolute.
- Seven Innovative Ways to Finance a Startup [Infographic] (business2community.com)
- Entrepreneurs break through despite low-innovation environments (ideaaccelerator.co.za)
- The 7 Innovative Ways to Finance a Startup Business [Infographic] (collective-thoughts.com)