Kahlil Girban poetically professed "The lust for comfort kills the passions of the soul."
If you think about it, pretty much everything we do is driven from a desire to be more comfortable and avoid discomfort in our professional and personal lives. We believe that if we are more comfortable and more secure, then we will therefore be more happy. We endlessly work to get money so that we can be free of financial stress, or in other words, be more comfortable. Comfort is the enemy of creation. To create is to be alive and too often we are chasing the money rather than following our passion. Confucius said it best "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
The same can be said about many organizations and as a matter of a fact Ron Ashkenas seems to believe that "Managers Don't really want to innovate." Check out this excerpt from his article:
"What prevents companies from innovating better? One possibility is that managers don't really want their people to innovate, no matter what they say otherwise. Take time utilization: How many hours per day, week, or month are you encouraged to think creatively, or work on innovation? Companies like 3M and Google that allow employees to carve off a certain percentage of their paid time for innovation are rare. Most other firms want their people to stay focused on today's business — and only work on innovation in their spare time. So in the end, it's a mixed message: "We want you to innovate, but only after you do your real job."
Success is not guaranteed to those who step outside of their comfort zone. If you focus on being creative and innovative you could fall short of your goals, but if you don't take that risk you will never know what your capable of.
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