Innovation Quotes of the Week – April 22, 2012

by Braden Kelley

Innovation Quotes of the Week - April 22, 2012This week we continue a featured series of some of my favorite innovation-related quotes. Please contribute your favorite innovation quotes in the comments and I’ll feature the best submissions in next week’s Innovation Quotes of the Week!

“America’s growth historically has been fueled mostly by investment, education, productivity, innovation and immigration. The one thing that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with America’s growth rate is a brutal work schedule.”

– Fareed Zakaria

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

– Albert Einstein

“Today you can buy knowledge by the pound – from consultants hawking best practice, from the staff you’ve just hired from your competitor, and from all those companies that hope you will outsource everything. Yet in the age of revolution it is not knowledge that produces new wealth, but insight – insight into opportunities for discontinuous innovation. Discovery is the journey; insight is the destination. You must become your own seer.”

– Gary Hamel

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

“The hardest part of ending, is beginning again.”

– Linkin Park

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you, and you don’t know how or why.”

– Albert Einstein

“You can get anything in life you want if you help enough other people get what they want.”

– Zig Ziglar
– Submitted by Paul Toussaint

“Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.”

– From the movie ‘The International’

“Acquire with the intention to retain, and retain with the intention to grow.”

– Lester Wunderman

“There are always more smart people outside your company than within it.”

– Bill Joy – Sun Co-Founder

“When it comes to innovating, the only limit is the one of our creativity.”

– Cristina Caiado Rocha

“Common sense is a collection of prejudices acquired by age 18”

– Albert Einstein
– Submitted by Bob Housden
(“Had scientists relied on common sense we’d still believe the Sun orbits Earth – thank goodness for innovative thinking”)

“If you don’t like change you will like irrelevance even less.”

– Former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Eric Shinseki

“Maybe innovation is the reaction to the prototype”

– Michael Schrage, MIT Media Lab
– Submitted by Julie Anixter

What else are they saying about 'Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire'

And here a few of the many thoughts that I added to the conversation during the week on Twitter and elsewhere:

  • “The relative skill and speed with which you extract insights from the voice of the customer, and adapt your organization to deliver the required insightful products and services, will determine whether you win or lose in tomorrow’s marketplace.”
  • “There is an innovation war beginning, and you need to make sure you are fighting it outside your organization — not inside.”
  • “Innovation can come from anywhere, but you must be looking everywhere to find it.”
  • “Innovation can come from anyone, but it is required from everyone for an organization to remain successful.”

What are some of your favorite innovation quotes?

Add one or more to the comments, listing the quote and who said it, and I’ll share the best of the submissions as future Innovation Quotes of the Week!

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Braden KelleyBraden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, embeds innovation across the organization with innovation training, and builds social business strategies that attract and engage customers, partners, and employees. He is the author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons and tweets from @innovate.

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  1. Innovation comes to you spontaneously in a flash and you need to train your mind for alertness and quiet to comprehend, absorb and implement the uniqueness, as fast as possible using the tools available to you. Einstein just did the same for his unique discoveries and the same hold in a lower degree for innovations.

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