I am beginning to think they may well be, though my observations are in no way scientific. Indeed they are largely anecdotal, but I have observed particularly in recent years how some people have surged forward with their businesses.
They have a ‘strong central idea’, coupled with the ability and ‘passion’ to both innovate and share their idea with others.
It may well be that their ‘strong central idea’ is rooted in a story that quite possibly started in childhood.
It seems to me that these individuals with their deep and long lasting passion for their craft, product or service seem also to have a wealth of ideas for developing and extending that self-same craft, product or service. It may also be that the ‘passion’ and enthusiasm they ‘give out’ is ‘infectious’ and brings forth ideas and opportunities from others.
Whatever the exact mechanics, these individuals seem almost able to tap into a ‘bottomless well’ of ideas for moving their product or service forward. The innovation takes on a ‘life of its own’.
As an ‘outsider’ it appears to me that the innovation is effortless, I’m sure this isn’t strictly the case, but I wonder if people with the enthusiasm, zeal and belief in ‘their thing’ are naturally always on the lookout for new ways to apply, source and share their ‘love’ with the world.
In other words I am beginning to wonder if innovation comes from this deep seated passion.
A core from which a stream of ideas seem to flow.
So my question for you as a business owner is, is there love and passion at the core of your business? If not, might this explain why you are struggling to innovate and move forward? I guess you could also ask this of yourself about work in general.
Incidentally the three business owners that inspired me to write this blog are:
Tabitha Jayne – The nature process, www.tabithajayne.com
Galia – Choc Chick, loves chocolate, www.chocchick.com
Jenny Garrett – Coach and author of ‘Rocking your Role’, www.rockingyourrole.com
It just so happens I have met these three women and seen how they present their businesses with truth, authenticity and style and I look forward to seeing how they continue to move forward.