7 Misconceptions about Innovation

Although many large companies pride themselves on their innovation, small businesses often struggle with this concept because they do not understand it. Here are six commonly misconceived notions about innovation:


Innovation Is Too Costly
Contrary to popular belief, innovation does not have to be complicated or time-consuming. It can create a huge return for your company and should always be encouraged. Creativity is an office culture essential to breeding an innovative work environment.

My Company Is Not Big Enough
When we think of innovative companies, we often think of big names like Apple, Microsoft, etc. However, small businesses can actually innovate more efficiently. This is because they are generally more flexible, so implementing change is easier.

Innovation Isn’t Relevant to My Company
First of all, innovation is not exclusive to technology companies. Any type of business can benefit from innovation. Every company has a need for creativity. This is what keeps companies adaptable and relevant to the modern day and age.

There Is No System for Innovation
False! In fact, most businesses have a system for identifying creative ideas. Opportunity breeds innovation and the need for creative solutions.

Innovation Does Not Require Evaluation
When brainstorming creative ideas, you must evaluate each one and only take action on the best ones. It is also a good idea to obtain input from other departments to get an outside perspective, as well as a well-rounded collection of ideas.

Innovation Does Not Call For Celebration
Innovation can be fun! Celebrate creativity in the workplace. The more you celebrate thinking outside the box, the more innovative your company will be.

“If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.” – Steven Johnson

The Top 5 Reasons Why Entrepreneurship Is Awesome

“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” – Unknown

Here are just five of the many reasons why being an entrepreneur is awesome:

  1. You Have Full Control of Your Destiny
  • You are the boss so you call the shots.
  • You make the decisions that determine your success or failure.
  1. Entrepreneurs Are Innovators
  • When you think about all the great ideas that have come to life over the past years, you have to remember that they were only ideas at one point.
  • Great entrepreneurs are the ones who bring great ideas to life.
  1. You Are Part of a Family
  • There is no better advice than that of a fellow entrepreneur.
  • The entrepreneur’s network is like one big family. Everyone is there to help and support each other.
  1. You Control Who Represents You and Your Brand
  • Your team largely determines your success.
  • Enroll people who have the same drive and passion as you do and together you will succeed as a team.
  1. No Dress Code!
  • You make the rules!
  • You can wear whatever you want because you run the place. You can create whatever culture you choose.

If you are cut out for the work it takes to be an entrepreneur, you are awesome. There are so many perks to being the boss that most people don’t think about. If you are confident and have a vision, then you can be an entrepreneur.

Mindsets for Success


Courage over Fear

You must not be afraid to take risks and do courageous things. Go beyond what you think your boundaries are and you will find that you can do more than you thought. Success comes from success-secret.jpghaving the courage to push ourselves and not be afraid of the outcome.

Believe In Yourself

When you have a negative attitude, it hinders your potential success. You must believe in yourself and your abilities because it is confidence that pushes you forward on the path to success.

Choose Your Friends Wisely

Who you choose to surround yourself with is of the utmost importance to your success. If there are naysayers and doubters in your life, you have to get rid of them because they are toxic and will put a ditch in your road to success.

Be a Goal-Setter

If you set your own goals as opposed to letting someone set them for you, you will be more motivated to achieve them. Having goals gives you clarity on where you want to go and betters your chances of success.

Have a Vision

Goals that you keep in your head are just wishes for the future. It is essential that you make your goals visual. Creating a vision board is a great way to do this. Writing your goal down and making it tangible is important. Actions follow thoughts.

Step Up To the Challenge

Climbing the path to success is an uphill battle. It is hard and you will face obstacles, however, with every obstacle you face, an opportunity presents itself.

Be Selective

When deciding who will fill each role in your business, be selective. Being selective in your decision making will help you to avoid messes you’ll have to clean up later.

Take Risks

To put it simply, if you are afraid of taking risks, you are limiting your ability to succeed. Every entrepreneur must risk rejection if they are ever going to get what they want.

Do What You Love

There is no better motivation to succeed than when your passion is invested. You are more likely to succeed doing what you love than doing something you hate.

Success is never out of reach if you have the drive to simply reach for it. These mindsets will help to guide you in the right direction. Don’t get discouraged. After all, it is as Sir Winston Churchill said, “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”

Is Starting a Business For You? Find Out in 3 Easy Steps!

Have You Ever Wanted To Do Something Different?

Maybe you are tired of your nine to five job or maybe you want to make more money, or perhaps you just need to make a change in your life. Starting a business can be the perfect solution to all of these things. Anyone can start a business if they are prepared to do so. These are the three steps you need to consider before beginning a new business venture:

  1. Try Out Being “Fun-Employed”
  • “Fun-employed” people are not making the best of being laid off. They hold several oddball jobs doing what they love.
  • Ask yourself what you are passionate about. If you have a “real” job then explore your passion on a part-time basis.
  • Try a few things out before you go all in.

Remember those Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books we had as kids? That is what being “fun-employed” is about.

  1. Ask Yourself If You Are REALLY Ready.

The first thing people think of when embarking on a new adventure is money. You should have at least 6-9 months’ worth of expenses saved up before you go jump into uncharted waters.

  • Have you done your research on your new profession? Identify who your competitors are and what is different about you.
  • Do you have a business plan? You can’t venture out without a map.
  • Make sure you have a killer resume with reputable references.
  • Most importantly, what is your safety net? If you fail, do you have a plan B?

These are the questions you must ask yourself in order to assess how ready you are to start your own business. You wouldn’t go on a camping trip without preparing the necessary survival supplies, and you shouldn’t embark on a new entrepreneurial adventure without making the necessary preparations.

  1. You Are Going to Suck At First, Accept it
  • Have low expectations, because you can always exceed them.
  • Delegating is crucial but you also have to do some of the dirty work. It is your business and it’s up to you to make it happen.

You know that saying, “If you are the smartest one in the room, you are in the wrong room”? Well it is absolutely true. You know a good deal, but you can always learn more and the only way to do that is to surround yourself with people who are smarter and more experienced than you.

As Dr. Seuss said, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose”.

Nice Guys Don’t Have To Finish Last

Everyone Has Heard The Saying, “Nice Guys Finish Last.”

The fact is, that doesn’t have to be true. According to Professor Adam Grant, there are three types of people in the business world: Takers, Matchers and Givers.


  • Takers are people who strive to gain as much as possible while giving little to nothing in return.
  • These people are the top predators of the Givers and have very little regard for others’ well-being or success.


  • Matchers are people who want everything to be fair and square. They have an “I help you, you help me” mentality.
  • These people make up the majority of people. They also strongly dislike Takers and will often try to get rid of them by spreading negativity about them.


  • Givers give as much as they can with little regard to what they will gain in return.
  • If you are a Giver, chances are you are the nice guy everyone loves, but if you aren’t careful you could get treated as a doormat.

There are three qualities that will make or break the Giver in the business world:

Lack of Assertiveness

  • Shy communicators get taken advantage of and they sacrifice their own values and expectations.

Solution: Become more assertive by negotiating and representing others’ interests. When you act on the behalf of another you can stand your ground.

Lack of Boundaries

  • People who can’t say no burn out.

Solution: Instead of taking everything on yourself, work collaboratively. By working with others everyone is contributing and bearing the load together. You must be able to distinguish boundaries between individual and collaborative work.

Lack of Perspective and Too Much Pity

  • People who lack the ability to take the perspective of others and pity them as opposed to empathizing with them will end up being exploited.

Solution: Be able to read others’ emotions by empathizing with them. This will prevent you from being exploited. You must be able to empathize with others to be a successful Giver. Be selfless not self-sacrificing.
Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” You have to find that balance of giving selflessly and giving self-sacrificingly. You can be nice without neglecting yourself. Nice guys can finish first if they are smart.