‘People’ tell me that the larger your business gets it becomes inevitable innovation will slow down. Who are these people who say this? I challenge why does innovation have to slow down when you get bigger?
Seth Godin said in a tired voice at the TED conference ‘Average people, doing average things for average people – this is good we need average, how can others shine if there is no average’.
I want to continue on our quest to do things differently, to play, explore, and have fun. Does it now need to be ‘Enterprise level solutions’ robust, rigid, slow? Can I have robust, scalable, and innovative? I believe that process sets us free…. But the process cannot kill spontaneity and creativity. Being an entrepreneur is about risk taking.
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practised every day, while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that lead us to either fortune or failure.”
A disciplined approach to creativity I say. Learning from our failures, no matter how expensive, but not repeating them. As a mentor once said to me, ‘it might have been an expensive mistake – but what did you learn – I hope it was a big lesson.’