Mindjet’s 12 Days of Innovation: 12 Quotes to Inspire You in 2015

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December 24, 2014

Happy holidays, innovation enthusiasts, and welcome to Mindjet’s 12 Days of Innovation! This 2014 spotlight series features hand-picked resources, upcoming events, webcasts, thought leadership pieces, and more to give you an inspirational boost for the coming year. Enjoy!


On the twelfth day of innovation, we’d like to share with you: 12 inspiring quotes to motivate your innovation efforts in 2015.

1. Keep Dreaming

“Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.”

– Robin S. Sharma

Writer, Motivational Speaker, and Leadership Expert

2. Embrace Conflict

“The greater the contrast, the greater the potential. Great energy only comes from a correspondingly great tension of opposites.”

– Carl Jung

Swiss Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

3. Encourage Imagination

“Keep in mind that imagination is at the heart of all innovation. Crush or constrain it and the fun will vanish.”

– Albert-László Barabási


4. Don’t Be a Dictator

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

– General George Patton

United States Army General

5. Understand the Necessity of Collaboration

“Good ideas may not want to be free, but they do want to connect, fuse, recombine. They want to reinvent themselves by crossing conceptual borders. They want to complete each other as much as they want to compete.”

– Steven Johnson

Science Author and Media Theorist

6. Trust the Crowd

“After years of telling corporate citizens to ‘trust the system,’ many companies must relearn instead to trust their people — and encourage their people to use neglected creative capacities in order to tap the most potent economic stimulus of all: idea power.”

– Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Professor of Business, Harvard

7. It’s Not Only About Feedback

“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”

– Steve Jobs

Entrepreneur, Marketer, and Inventor

8. Don’t Be Afraid to Outdo Yourself

“Innovation basically involves making obsolete that which you did before.”

– Jay Abraham

Business Executive, Conference Speaker, and Author

9. Relinquish Control

“Crowdsourcing is the ultimate disruptor of distribution because in a most Zen-like fashion, the content is controlled by everyone and no one at the same time.”

– Jay Samit

CEO of SeaChange International and Digital Media Innovator

10. Have a Flexible Strategy

“Success doesn’t necessarily come from breakthrough innovation but from flawless execution. A great strategy alone won’t win a game or a battle; the win comes from basic blocking and tackling.”

– Naveen Jain

Business Executive and Entrepreneur

11. Know That Once is Never Enough

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”

– William Pollard

Quaker Writer and Minister

12. Let Go of Fear

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

Cultural Anthropologist and Author

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