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Tom Peters on Innovation

Tom Peters gives a mini-rant on what truly drives innovation.

I would definitely agree. But, to be successful, being angry about something that’s stupid is only half the battle. The other half is finding those people who similarly believe a given system is stupid and are capable of assisting in change. Otherwise, you can be angry all you want, create a great product, but if the folks with the bucks don’t agree with you you’ll get nowhere.

Thus, to affect change you need to ensure others who want to live vicariously through you are also those who can affect change. It’s this very reason why I believe innovation takes so long to take off. Much of it is a fight against those who refuse change. They dislike it because change is different and different is uncomfortable.

But I do agree with Tom Peters: stay angry if you want to make change. Just make friends who can help you affect that change once you’ve converted your anger into a solution.

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