Take a break to innovate

I have been reading ‘The 4 hour work week’ by Tim Ferriss and it’s a particularly interesting book focusing on re-prioritising.. The concepts are extremely helpful but demand a shift of mind set in a BIG way.

The book contains some great quotes, including this one which I particularly like..

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect” – Mark Twain

This got me thinking (which is one of my favourite pastimes) and I realised that I really resonated with this quote. We spend so much time following the crowds, doing as the masses do that it’s important to take stock once in a while and take heed of what we really THINK so that we force ourselves to actually question what we are doing.

We establish our thought patterns early in life and can become lazy if we are not pushed. We drive the same way to work each day, walk the same path to the office, have the same morning routine and if we are not careful, will get used to just following trends and majority thought forever.

Great innovators, creators and inventors NEVER think as the majority do. They nearly always cause some kind of unrest to get their weird wacky and wonderful ideas to come to fruition. We all have a great idea, most of us are just never brave enough to step up and be different.

The most successful companies in the world are the most adept at innovation and adapting to change around them. Steve Jobs was one of the very best at this as we know. He quoted,

“The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting; the cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament”

And they did!

True value adding is not actually about cost cutting. This may well come as a result of action taken, but true value comes from making something better than someone else has done. It comes from finding a gap that needs to be filled, a service that’s being done but is not quite meeting the grade and taking advantage of the wonderful ideas that come from the people within. I spend my day watching people in the workplace and am privileged to see some great innovative minds at work.

It’s about taking risks that come from the heart, ideas that come from a genuine place of interest and above all; true innovation comes from a place which is far greater than the individual, it must cause AN Effect that will Affect many in the longer term.

Innovation starts from a place of passion for what you are doing, not the job but what your job can do for you and others……. As an example of what I mean here, Steve Jobs was not passionate about computers. He was passionate about building tools to help people unleash their potential.

I am not passionate about Human Resources processes and policies.. I am passionate about watching people’s potential unfold before my eyes through having conversations which get them to think about what’s possible in their roles!

It sounds daunting but it’s really not. It starts with an idea and goes from there.


“Try something different if you want a different outcome”


Until next time


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