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Think of the greatest innovations you know of - from the wheel to electricity, the internet to AI. All of these didn't come from a linear, incremental improvement on what was already existing. They came from a leap, a wild connection of disparate ideas that seemed improbable, if not outright crazy at the time.
But when put into action, they changed the world.
Innovation happens at the intersection. It's in the gray area, the boundaries between industries, fields, and disciplines. When you cross-pollinate ideas from different areas, you create something entirely new, unique, and potentially groundbreaking.
Take Steve Jobs for example - he didn't produce the first computer or the first smartphone, but he was a master at merging technology with the humanities, fusing art and science in ways no one had thought of before. He brought design aesthetics and intuitive user interfaces to tech products, and the result was Apple - a company that broke boundaries and changed the way we interact with technology.
Of course, you’re probably reading this on an iPhone right now.
The best ideas seemingly come from a conversation at a sports bar rather than a hard-boiled white-boarding session.
This kind of leap, this imaginative leap, is not meant for the conforming minds. It defies logic, breaks the mold, and disrupts the status quo. It's about making connections where none exist, and about challenging conventional wisdom. It's about questioning the 'why' and the 'how' of things, and then daring to come up with a new 'what'.
Do you make time for the unreasonable? Do you talk with poets to learn more about marketing?
So, don't simply grind away at what you're doing, trying to squeeze out a tiny bit of improvement each time. Instead, start looking at what others are doing in different industries, fields, or disciplines. What ideas can you borrow, adapt, or morph? What can you learn from their successes or failures?
How can you combine their ideas with yours to create something new?
True innovation isn't about doing the same thing better - it's about doing something completely different.
And that's where you'll find the really, really good stuff.
🎙️ This Week On The Really Rich Podcast
After graduating college, I thought working for a bank on Wall Street was the only way to get rich. I ignored plenty about my own interests and happiness to get there. As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one. I met Nik over ten years ago as both of us we’re starting our first leadership roles on Wall Street and haven’t seen him until the filming of this podcast.
My guest, Nik Schrobenhauser, is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur who has spent the last 17 years working in finance. After a near death experience in 2017, followed by a cancer diagnosis in 2018, Nik has dedicated himself to helping others personally and professionally, while focusing on the pursuit of health and happiness in everything he does. Nik lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, two children, and two dogs.
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