The need for innovation never ceases. Whether it’s the pressure to find the next billion dollar business, or to find out how to most effectively support the most vulnerable people in our local community, there is always a very long list of problems to solve and opportunities to unlock by thinking and acting differently.
The never ending pressure to innovate is often completely overwhelming. It would be nice in theory if we just stop and take stock and be thankful with what we have. However in practice, doing nothing is seldom sustainable and usually is a sure fire way to become extinct, faster that you think.
So we have no choice but to innovate our way out of trouble or into new opportunities. And those insatiably curious people who are drawn to change and risk like a moth to a flame are a rare breed indeed. Often square pegs in round holes, a career in innovation is seldom a choice but rather a vocation. They are signified by an optimistic nature, that things can and will be better, but at the same time discontent with how things are.
A career in innovation is a mixed blessing. Enthralling and thrilling when it works out. And crushing and dispiriting when it doesn’t. But what it does teach us over time is a greater comfort with uncertainty and a higher tolerance to risk. These two characteristics are invaluable in an increasingly complex world, and impossible to teach, but rather must be learned through hard worn experience.
So here is to you, the innovators. The bittersweet breed to whom all progress is due. Thank you for your restless, pragmatic optimism. We salute you.