Follow your passion, bend the reality and make it happen…
I’ve just read a blog by Scott Anthony who leads Innosight’s Asian operations and is of course an expert in Innovation, while he is undoubtedly a leader in the subject, I can’t help think a little different.
If you’ve read Steve Job’s bio, you will resonate with this that most successful innovators are consistently portrayed as possessing a passion that borders on dogmatism, as like Steve Jobs, they work tirelessly to bend reality to achieve their vision. Steve Jobs and his “reality distortion field” serving as the prototypical example.
Quoting Rosabeth Moss Kanter ”that “everything can look like a failure in the middle” and Mike Tyson that “Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the face.” Passion is necessary to keep pushing when the punch inevitably lands.
While he quotes and agrees that passion is a critical component of innovation and that innovation is awfully hard work, with plenty of false starts, he believes that passion only matters if it leads to an innovation that delivers impact, measuring that impact in revenues, profits, improved process performance, or something entirely differently!
I believe in that “something entirely different”. Some of the most important and basic research that bring about disruptive innovation, are the ones that have come about from passion and ideas that were impossible to prove with mounting evidence and bills that may have suggest otherwise, but at the end every peace of work and passion finds its place, high or low and finally leads to a disruptive innovation, directly or indirectly.