One of the best ways to learn about great innovation is from great innovators such as Samuel Morse, Henry Ford and Benjamin Franklin, to name a few. Not only did these people create an everlasting impact of the world, they also set the pace for the companies they headed, often leaving the world wondering how they managed such greatness. Here are a few of the ways these great men earned their way through life and the lessons they passed along.

Listening is like free advice
Since there is no school of thought when it comes to management, great innovators make it their job to listen to people, the demands of the world around them and especially to the consumer. Listening to those around you, especially to those who will be using your product or service, is like getting all the free advice you’ll ever need.

Failing is not failure
Never fearing failure is a lesson we can all use now and again, and prodigious innovators like Thomas Edison, is a great example of just how well never fearing failure can work. He was one of the endless greats who reminded the skeptical that he has not failed, but instead, has found 10,000 ways that did not work.

Inspirational speeches
When it comes to the opinion of others, especially negative or doubtful criticism, Steve Jobs put it perfectly when he gave a memorable speech in Stanford in 2005, telling his attentive audience, “your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Listen to your gut
Learn to listen to your inner voice. If you have a nagging voice telling you to try something differently, listen to yourself. At the same time, if you have a voice telling you that what you´re doing is right — even when others remain skeptical — go with your gut! While not everyone hears that voice, some people do, but ignore it. Don’t ignore it. Listen to your inner voice and let it lead you to your path of success.

Life is unpredictable
Accepting the fact that our lives are completely unpredictable, even when we try to plan in advance, is another lesson to learn from successful people. Many leaders are keen to believe that you cannot connect the dots forward, only backward. Things that may appear as bitter anguish or defeat in any given moment can often enhance your success, even years from now. They stress that it is important that you not become overly attached to the way your life is right now, at this moment, or even on how you think your life should be or what it should look like. Instead, have faith in yourself and the universe that all the dots — even while connecting them backwards — will in due time, connect as part of the master plan.

High expectations
Great innovators and leaders alike will tell you to always expect a lot from yourself as well as others around you. Expecting a lot from yourself shows that you care. Wanting the best from yourself as well as from those around you keeps everyone in touch with their passion. Great leaders often have a type of company strategy they follow that if you’re a “B” player, you’ll hire “C” players below you because you don’t want them to look smarter than you. However, if you’re an “A” player, you’ll hire “A+” players below you, because you want the best results.”

Highly successful people also teach us the importance of surrounding ourselves with the most talented people we know. It is important to make a point of surrounding yourself with great talent. Study them. Learn from them. Become your own great leader.

 

Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Financial Independence Academy TM , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Business Success AcademyTM. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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Article References:
Motivaction For Life by Smiljan Mori
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericjackson/2011/10/05/the-top-ten-lessons-steve-jobs-taught-us/

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