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February 3, 2021

4 Surprising Places to Find Inspiration for Innovation

In such a fast-moving world, it’s so important to stay at the forefront. Your creative ideas of yesteryear may only have a minor impact on today’s innovative age. With that said, you’ve realized the importance of finding inspiration for innovation.

Your inspiration may change over time, but at least finding it is a start. Some inspiring things and people may be right in front of you. But others, like the ones here, may take a little digging to find their value to your plan for innovation.

Start your search for inspiration in these areas:

1. Historical figures with success stories

man in white t-shirt riding bicycle on road during daytimeMuch of the world as you know it today is because of contributions from historical figures. Many of them took bold steps that didn’t necessarily pay off. But their perseverance and creativity allowed them to become world-changers.

  • Spend some time researching these world-changers. Understand their beginnings, inspirations, challenges, and turning points. You may find some similarities between you and one of them.
  • Use those similarities to drive your own inspirations. Relate what you learned to modern-day nuances and you can push the envelope of innovation.

2. Inventions before their time

You’ve likely heard the phrase, “think outside the box” before. However, thisgold cross pendant on white textile is probably the first time you’ll be applying it to your plan for innovation.

  • Some of the greatest inventors introduced concepts before the world was even ready for them. These inventions can serve as inspirations for you.
  • Are there ideas in your bedside journal that you felt were too silly to share with anyone? Remember that once your innovation is fascinating enough, it can appeal to others. It can convince them that it’s something they want.

3. The wonders of Nature

sun light passing through green leafed treeLook through your window and you’ll see nature all around you. It’s beautiful and intricate. Things that are so specially made are often great sources of inspiration.

  • Look at the colors, shapes, and behaviors of nature. Whether plants, animals, or seasons, their uniqueness inspires interest from science and novices alike. Many innovations that stand out take inspiration from elements of nature.
  • Consider how they were created. You may not have all the answers, but that’s okay. What it teaches you is that complexity breeds creativity!

4. People who work to overcome trying obstacles

Their challenges are incomparable and difficult. Yet, they continue to push through with the aim of finding clear skies at the end of the road. If you canbrown and red wooden barricade lay your eyes on someone like that, you can tap into all the inspiration you need!

  • How do they keep moving forward? Are there special strategies they employ? When things seem impossible, the people who create a new path are the ones that change the face of the future.
  • What you’ll realize is that bumps in the road don’t push you one step back. If you really want the prize, those bumps can push you one step further. That drive to succeed creates a spirit of fearlessness and boldness. That’s what you need to be innovative!

These sources can provide the inspiration you need to be creative. Take a different approach. That’s a surefire way to stand out from everyone else. You can expect remarkable results when you elevate the thought process for innovation.

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About the Author

Dianne M. Daniels is a wife, mother, grandmother, great-great-aunt, Unitarian-Universalist Minister, Spiritual Director & Companion that empowers intelligent, passionate women to discover and manifest the best of who they are and who they want to be.Her signature program, The Spiritually Authentic Woman, teaches how to create a new, more joyful life as you let go of living the way OTHERS think you should while tapping into your uniquely authentic spirituality.

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