History’s great innovators are the ones who do something

In Agribusiness, Agricultural Entrepreneurship, Innovation on March 29, 2009 at 11:53 am

Innovation is profitability’s greatest friend, and inaction is innovation’s greatest enemy.

Some of the greatest innovators have made some pretty bad mistakes because they weren’t afraid to take action.

Apple introduced the Newton years ago, and people thought it was the dumbest thing ever. But the clunky organizer helped create a category that spawned the PDA, and Apple took advantage of its learning to create the iPhone.

Thomas Edison said, “invention is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.” Maybe that’s because he tried and failed so many times before creating the light bulb and the phonograph. Same for da Vinci. Same for Einstein. Same for John Deere, Cyrus McCormick and Eli Whitney.

Being willing to try something new is sometimes just as important as being willing to try. More recently, we’ve seen companies change their stripes in response to new market dynamics and consumer desires. Who ever thought direct-to-consumer purveyor Dell would start selling computers in brick-and-mortar retail establishments?

Perhaps you’ve been doing things on your farm or in your business the same way for a long time. Or maybe you’re thinking about starting a new business.

Whatever your situation, don’t sit around. Do something. History teaches us that those who take action are the ones who win.


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