43 Quotes about Innovation to Inspire Your Next Big Idea

“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship...the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” – Peter F. Drucker

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

“The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.” – Jonas Salk

“The purpose of Innovation Management is not to promote innovation, but to manage innovation as a process.” – Pearl Zhu

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

“Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.” – Jonathan Swift

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” – Albert von Szent-Gyorgy

“It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau

“It isn't all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.” – Gene Roddenberry

“There’s a way to do it better — find it.” – Thomas Edison

“Innovation is creativity with a job to do.” – John Emmerling

“To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act.” – Anatole France

“The best vision is insight.” – Malcolm Forbes

“Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” – Carl Jung

“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer

“Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.” – George Knelle

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” – Henry Ford

“Do not get obsolete like an old technology, keep innovating yourself.” – Sukant Ratnakar

“Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity.” – Michael Porter

“This notion that it is up to each person to innovate in some way flies in the face of the industrial age, but you know what, the industrial age is over.” – Seth Godin

“Keep in mind that imagination is at the heart of all innovation. Crush or constrain it and the fun will vanish.” – Albert-László Barabási

“Creating a better future requires creativity in the present.” – Matthew Goldfinger

“Innovation is finding the door of opportunity and revealing its beauty.” – Debasish Mridha

“To have a great idea, have a lot of them.” – Thomas Edison

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Goethe

“I will act as if what I do will make a difference.” – William James

“The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.” – inus Pauling

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – General George Patton

“Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.” – William J. Cameron

“One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The enterprise that does not innovate ages and declines. And in a period of rapid change such as the present the decline will be fast.” – Peter Drucker

“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.” – Steve Jobs

"Where do you put the fear when you choose to innovate? The fear is there, but you have to find a place to put it." – Seth Godin

"...all technology starts as a spark in someone's brain." – Nathan Myhrvold, CEO, Intellectual Ventures

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Alan Kay

“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.” – A. von Szent-Gyorgyi.

“Innovation comes from the producer – not from the customer.” – W. Edwards Deming

“The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.” – Anthony Jay


Easy 4 Ingredient Recipe to Staying in the Zone of Peak Performance

The flow state, sometimes known as the "zone," is a state of peak performance treasured by athletes, artists, and high performing businesspeople. Fields like Sports Psychology and NLP study this “peak performance” state in order to help people create it more consistently and utilize it for higher achievement.

Can you remember times when everything seemed to flow? When you were immersed in what you were doing and lifted by inspiration?

With our attention scattered by multiple devices and a steady stream of emails, learning and implementing the peak performance flow state has more relevance and strategic advantage than ever.

If you'd like to know a simple recipe for peak performance, read on and let's consider a simple 4-step process for bringing more of it to your life, your team, company, or wherever else you'd like to apply it:

The 4 Steps are:

Define - Discover - Analyze - Implement

1. Define the state of peak performance

Charles Garfield, in his book Peak Performance, defined that state with these 8 characteristics he calls "neurophysiological cues of peak performance feelings" which I here summarize and paraphrase-
  1. Mentally Relaxed - inner calm and peace
  2. Physically Relaxed - no undue muscle tension
  3. Confident/ Optimistic - expecting success
  4. Focused on the Present - attention on the here and now
  5. Highly Energized - feeling "charged" with energy, more than enough for the task at hand
  6. Extraordinary Awareness - acutely sensitive to the sensory environment
  7. In Control - directing mind and body to do what is needed
  8. In the Cocoon - In an envelope of power, undistracted by the irrelevant and extraneous
Garfield used these criteria to help both athletes and business people better recognize their personal peak experiences with exercises like rating them on a 1-10 scale. Drills like that help to clearly "mark out" peak performances from lesser ones, clearing the path to having them more often.

2. Discover a set of peak experiences

Make an inventory of the best personal peak experiences you can remember. You can use Garfield's 8 characteristics above as criteria. Remember specific times when you were really in the zone and feeling extremely focused and successful about whatever it is you were doing. What you were actually doing and whether or not you succeeded in the eyes of the world isn't as important as your own feelings of success. Find at least 3 or 4 personal peak experiences and give each one a name and short description that will jog your memory.

Now, as we would say in NLP, "elicit the state" of peak performance to bring these experiences fully back to life. Relax and fully immerse into each one and relive it with all your senses engaged . . . see what you were seeing . . . hear what you were hearing . . . feel what you were feeling. Notice how your body position, posture, and facial expression shift with feelings like confidence, focus, and control reawakened.

3. Analyze your peak experiences

Once you have a few peak experiences closer at hand, analyzing them helps you learn they didn't just happen by chance. There are things you did and thought that helped create the climate that high performance thrives in.

Doing a "mind map" is a good way to better understand how you created these experiences and can create more in the future.

As you think about one, let your thinking flow as you use a mind mapping app or just doodle on a piece of paper, listing all the things that were going both physically and mentally before and during that time. Afterwards, as you review several, you will see things you did or thought that were consistent between them that can become your personal keys to peak experience.

4. Implement what you have learned.

Studying these mind maps of your personal peak experiences and inventorying the controllable factors that brought them about helps you arrange your life to be in "the zone" more consistently and consciously.

Design your environment and actions so peak experiences happen more often. For example, if you found that having a coach was common to your past peak experiences, you know to build a coach into your current plan.


By knowing the definition of peak performance, discovering such times in your own life, analyzing how they came about, and implementing what you learned, you can live at a higher level of inspiration and success.

How will your life be different, rallying and amplifying your highest state of peak performance and then consistently focusing it on the activities and outcomes important to you?