In my humble experience in the field of education, and especially when talking about “Innovation in Education”, I get stumbled by the old and new approach of problem solving techniques, especially how teachers used to teach students on how to use a specific process that should pay off.
For so many years now, I’ve concentrated my work on Innovation, whether in Business, in Life and in Education; there was a common item that, depending on how you perceive it, can make or break your plan or solution all together… It’s your attitude and reaction towards making mistakes. In Schools, students were mostly NOT encouraged to make mistakes, and therefore possibly the most noted successful entrepreneurs of our age, were either college dropouts or whom received a negative feedback from their professors and these same people did stick to what they were after even though most considered them in the status of committing an academic and business suicide.
Now depending on who you are and how your brain functions, you may be the type of persons who would look for the solution end-to-end before starting the execution or someone who can think about the highlight and then dig into the details, or just someone who have no idea what he or she is doing, and starting to see where that leads to…
Therefore I’ll be focusing on the person who doesn’t have a clue
Sometimes in order to find a solution for a problem, you need to dive into a journey of possibilities, a journey of YES and NO; Instead of just standing there, you can start walking, and then change direction, and maybe come back where you come from and start over, and repeat the whole process all over, and All over again and again…. is that a Sign of weakness? a Sign or strength?? is the person who couldn’t find the solution less qualified than the one who can? well.. Not Really.
Here are 2 Rules that I learned from working among professionals in the field of innovation and also from examining success stories:
You need to be ready to make mistakes.. It’s OK!
You need to keep an eye on what your mistake lead you to.
Some of the innovations that changes our world, were not originally intended to be like that, but instead the inventor was trying to get somewhere else…
So as a takeaway, whether you are trying to solve a personal or professional problem, start walking down your possibilities and see where that would lead you, cause in that process you might find something more valuable than what you were looking for in the first place.
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Samer Chidiac is an international expert & speaker who influences hundred of thousands of people all over the world on a daily basis. Balanced Circles is part of the portfolio of initiatives within the "Influencing the Life of others" Project.