Since I started this blog I've met more fascinating and friendly people [like Anita, and Tris] than I could ever imagine. Some are more friendly than others - some are just bubbling with energy and ideas - and some are laid-back and quiet. All are on my list of great people I am delighted to know.
Additionally, this blog has connected me to professionals in marketing, sales, publishing, and various other industries - that I would never have met otherwise. For instance, Peter Klaus, who I can't wait to sit down with and have a cup of coffee (maybe a glass of wine)...when I attend the Fortune Innovation Forum at the end of the month. Peter makes me glad I'm a blogger.
Fortune makes me glad I'm a business blogger. After last year's event, I came home bursting with new ideas. I couldn't implement them all - but, the conference certainly opened my eyes to the importance of innovation in the world today. Innovation is sort a catch-phrase anymore - some people use it instead of "creativity" or "thinking out of the box." But, that's not what it means. Innovation isn't something you should do - or learn - or 'create'. Innovation is something you believe in.
Believe in making a difference. Believe in opening your eyes and ears to the insight your employees have about your business. Believe in taking risks and going out on the edge. Believe in being wrong once in a while. Believe in the crazy ideas put forth by kids. Believe that it's your job to innovate - by refusing to be ordinary. [image borrowed from: World Economic Forum]
As Seth Godin says: be remarkable. So, get out of your chair - right now - and run outside. What do you see? Anything remarkable? No? Well, it's up to you to change that.
Then, send me a picture of it. I'll share it with everyone. Go on now...believe in innovation.