Subba’s Serendipitous moments

March 13, 2009

Play, not persistence drives innovation

Filed under: Business,Innovation,Model — Subbaraman Iyer @ 5:03 pm
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The spirit driving innovation is undoubtedly complex. And these drivers vary depending a lot on the individual’s motivations, the overall context of the problem. Some innovations happen through painstaking effort, some occur due to serendipity and some occur due to a certain “fun process”.

If you analyze the major breakthroughs that we have seen and some of the significant innovations that led to great products, it has been because there was an interesting and intertwined relationship between passion and play. There was persistence, but in the absence of passion and the element of play, the dogged persistence served little purpose.

In an interesting article, Microsoft Research Principal Scientist Bill Buxton suggests some important ways to innovate.

He suggests that it is always better to be a beginner at something and always be in love with the thing that you are beginning.

The energy to be passionate can be addictive, and you need the balance.

When you get good in a skill, make room for a new passion.

You can learn from anyone.

And finally innovation comes about by sustaining the passion, curiosity, delight, energy and enthusiasm of the beginner with the wisdom and experience of the expert.

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  1. […] these qualities. Whether they become successful or not is a different question. It depends on the mindset and a whole range of factors. But at least you know that we have a good capable team of cracking a […]

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