The toolset for innovation.
The original intention of a lightbulb was to illuminate the dark areas. This innovation by Thomas Edison sparked several completely unforeseen frontiers like television, computers, optic fibers, copy machines, and heat sources. Solutions to one problem might lead to radical transformation in other areas too. Therefore, we must always think about the possible unintended consequences of an idea to make the most of it.
Understand the current concepts of the field you are trying to innovate upon.
Start by learning the basics deeply and see how they evolve, develop, and connect to the advanced concepts.
Upon building a solid foundation of the subject, think about how the concepts can be improved to solve the problems they solved in a better way.
Ask questions like, "How can I make the present solution more efficient and effective?"
- Once you improve an idea, imagine ways you could use this innovation in other fields to solve other problems.
An effective tool to aid you in this process is to imagine yourself in the shoes of past innovators of your field. Understand the tools they possessed and the methods they used to generate a solution.
This will provide you with much-needed confidence and a lot of useful insights for your own journey.
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