Probably the most long lasting myth about innovation is that it’s about new ideas. You’ve heard it before, someone comes up to you to tell you about their new idea and how fantastic it is. But you know what? Ideas are just that: ideas in someone’s head.
Shunryu Suzuki famously said “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” What it means is you are open-minded, eager to learn and approach everything without preconceptions. Approaching, living life, with a beginner’s mind is something some of us try to do, but most don’t. And trying is very hard because we have to actively force ourselves to do it.
At work, you just want to power through, to get done what you need to get done, so that you can go home. This, unfortunately, leads us to lots of bad behaviors and unhealthy choices. We skip meals—or eat meals out of the vending machine. We stay at our desk as long as possible, sometimes not stopping to do anything but go to the bathroom and don’t get me wrong many of us feel completely comfortable sitting down in our Buy Direct Online Home Office Furniture but we still need to keep in mind the importance behind taking time to breathe.
Do you know who Oscar Pistorius is? He’s a South African sprinter who has no legs; he uses prosthetics to run. These prosthetics are special because they don’t look like a normal foot, instead they look like a blade; which is why Oscar is called the Blade Runner.