Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 112

Just because it has been done before, doesn't mean you can't do it better now.

You don't have to create something new to be an innovator.

In fact, you don't really have to create anything.

But, what you do have to do is make something better.  And that is infinitely easier (though still quite challenging) than creating something from scratch.

An important idea to remember is that just because something exists (whether product or process), that doesn't mean that it is great.  In fact, we know much about education needs to be improved; there are lots of areas that could use even greater innovation.

Therefore, as we posit how best to use our creative talents and critical thinking, we shouldn't be detracted from something simply because it is already "out there."

In fact, if anything, we should be more inclined to make improvements, as ideas that already "exist" are influencing people right now.

One of the goals for us as leaders and learners is to realize that we have what it takes to make something much better than it was before we were involved in it.  This doesn't mean we can innovate everything, but it certainly means that we can improve on something.

So, rather than spending time trying to only think up ideas that nobody has thought of yet, why not focus attention on what already exists, and put our energy into making it better for all?

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