As President Obama stated last night in his address, “ The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation.” These words had a much greater impact on myself then I expected them too. As I sat at my desk this morning I reflected on what exactly it was President Obama was asking of the American people. After I finished my cereal and was walking to the kitchen I had a light bulb moment when I realized he was asking exactly what I was doing.
“We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living.” Innovation has been my living for the past 6 months and will be for the foreseeable future as Pricefalls strives to create a new marketplace implementing the not yet mainstream Dutch Auction.
In my mind the term innovator is said best and embodied within, of all things, the Apple ‘Think Different’ commercial released in 2002 that says, “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo…While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do”. (Full Text) That is what I believe it takes to be an innovator.
Only through a disregard for the status quo does innovation flourish. Do not misread this definition. Innovation is not a call to arms to engage in civil disobedience, however, it is a call to not only think but act differently. Using Pricefalls as an example, instead of being content with the large, corporate e-commerce sites world renown, we are setting out to create an alternative to our larger broken predecessors.
President Obama’s State of the Union is more than just a call to act, it is a call to innovate.
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Until next time buyers, sellers and friends!
Josh ^theLVD Weaver