I’m tired of all the doom and gloom about destructive change and concerns over foreign competition and its negative impact on our economy. I don’t believe we have run out of being the kind of country we can be. We are still harnessing the enormous power of combining creativity with innovation to continue to make new jobs and move our economy forward.
Why creativity and innovation together?
Creativity is the generation of novel or useful ideas. While it has enormous business potential and context, creativity usually begins as a personal act.
Innovation, on the other hand, is bringing the best of these ideas to reality. This usually involves working as a team to implement the idea.
It’s been this combination of creativity and innovation that has allowed us as a nation to create opportunity for others.
Change has to occur to get to what’s next
There’s a whole industry around mobile phones, which weren’t even in existence over 30 years ago, and only affordable for less than 20 years. Because mobile phones have become so ubiquitous, those who used to build, install, and service pay phones are out of a job. Yet because of mobile phones, there are new industries that employ far more workers than were ever needed before.
The current levels of creativity and innovation are leading us into a whole new realm of economic richness and robustness.
Results of creativity plus innovation
Here are just a few things that emerged from a combination of creativity and innovation. They are changing the world right now and could change the world forever:
- iPad – innovators took an existing idea and made it into true mobile computing. You can put a portfolio on it and take it everywhere. It was recently the fastest selling non-phone technology in history.
- Straddling Bus – introduced in China, where traffic is a major problem in cities. It’s cheaper than a subway, partly solar powered, and will span two lanes and carry up to 200 people. The Straddling Bus is raised seven feet above the roadway so cars can pass underneath. It transports large numbers of people without impeding existing traffic flow.
- Martin Jetpack – the first practical jetpack coming out of New Zealand. It can fly you up to about 8000 feet and move you around. They’re already using it for commercial applications.
- Man Suit – XOS2 Suit by Raytheon – It allows the least muscular person to lift weights of over 200 pounds and punch through wood that before they couldn’t even saw through.
We can all learn to be more creative than we already are. Instead of listening to all the naysayers, consider what can you do to make a difference. Never stop reading, learning, observing, and thinking. Surround yourself with other smart people, and combine that creativity with innovation.
Learn to live your dreams, not your fears.