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Innovation vs Creativity





  1. the action or process of innovating.
  2. synonyms: change, alteration, revolution, upheaval, transformation, metamorphosis,


  1. a new method, idea, product, etc.

plural noun: innovations “technological innovations designed to save energy”




  1. the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.
  2. synonyms: inventiveness, imagination, innovation, innovativeness, originality, individuality.

Mistakes Are Opportunities

Often, the truly creative solutions to a problem aren’t where we expect to find it. We can look and look in a particular place for an answer, then suddenly, we’ll find the answer somewhere else.

Serendipity:  A moment of inspiration where you creatively find answers when you look at one thing then, but by a lucky accident, you see another.

Example: Constantine Fahlberg was working with a new combination of chemicals in 1879 and rubbed an itching lip without washing his hands. The sweet substance he tasted when he licked his lips became saccharin, a substitute for sugar.

Lon Safko
Serial Innovator, Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Innovative Thinking

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