25 Insights That Prove the Importance of Innovative Thinking


Creativity and innovative thinking, as they go hand in hand, are highly important and successful characteristics of an entrepreneur. Emotional intelligence is also a significant trait of innovative thinkers. The ability of a startup founder to envision and translate an idea into a product that solves a problem and adds value increases the chances of success. To highlight the importance of innovation, here we’ve collected 25 quotes from some of the most successful entrepreneurs, authors and innovators of our times.

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” – Steve Jobs

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

“Success doesn’t necessarily come from breakthrough innovation but from flawless execution. A great strategy alone won’t win a game or a battle; the win comes from basic blocking and tackling.” – Naveen Jain

“For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.” – Margaret Heffernan

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” – Abraham Maslow

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” – William Pollard

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

“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 solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.” – Albert Einstein

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” – Albert Einstein

“Never confuse motion with action.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission.” – Peter Drucker

“Innovation opportunities do not come with the tempest but with the rustling of the breeze.” – Peter Drucker

“Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgi

“The best vision is insight.” – Malcolm Forbes

“If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.” – Rollo May

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

“Swipe from the best, then adapt.” – Tom Peters

“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.” – Emile Chartier

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki

“We don’t know who discovered water, but we’re certain it wasn’t a fish.” – John Culkin

“What is now proved was once only imagined.” – William Blake

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” – John Cage

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

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