If you are innovating or thinking about launching a business based on innovation there are 6 facts that you shall met, sooner or later. The sooner you get acquainted with them, the better. Here they go.
The right time.
The window frame for innovation is very, very small. Too early? No matter how hard you try, if the context is not ready, doors shall remain closed. Too late? Well, someone else got the lead and your idea/device/method is not innovative any longer. Lost your chance. Game over. Read the signals, trust your guts.
9 no for 1 yes.
Everybody is excited about innovation and most people will find your idea/device/method fabulous. But when the moment for obtaining commitment comes ( money?), most people shall and will withdraw. A “no” is perfectly normal. 10 “no” is still below average. 100 no is the barrier to pass. Behind every “no” there’s some learning we could do. Do ask why, besides that fact that your idea is brilliant, people reframe from backing you up. So learn from every no you get. That’s how you’ll reach the “yes” you are looking for.
Innovators as entrepreneurs and leaders, are lonely people. They are out there on their own with the world against them. And it aint easy. Prevent from staying clustered in your corner. Get out, meet with people, listen to people. Be strong be humble. If you want to increase your chances of success, surround yourself by complementary talents.
Don’t be afraid of leaving your project in the fridge for a day, a week or a month. When you are back, you are stronger and your idea has matured. Innovation is one thing, stubbornness is another. Taking some distance from time to time could only be positive.
Don’t give up.
That’s what anybody who has achieved something will tell you. If you are working in innovation is not because you thought it was an easy way of getting out. You are doing it because you believe in it. Your idea/method/device exists as long as you believe in it.
Odds are against innovators. You shall invest much more time, money and energy than you had ever imagined. Without any guarantee of success. Maybe you are not going to make it, maybe not, but either way be sure you enjoy the way.
Bob Starc, December 2016