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(post promised to Alex) why aren't all innovators the same

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Innovation isn’t just about technology. It is however always about solving a problem. Many years ago I was introduced to an old tale. I’ve always thought that it represented both a path and a model of innovation.

There was once a shepherd deep in the mountains of Spain. His job was simple throughout the long winter he was to protect the sheep. The first year he lost five sheep to the wolves. The second year he lost four sheep to the wolves. Each lost sheep was food off his families table. He thought long and hard over the summer of a solution.

When that winter arrived, he carefully tied the skinned fur of four wolves to four of his sheep. That winter he lost no sheep. He did the same thing the next year and again didn’t lose any sheep. That went on for a long time many years in fact. He passed that new way of doing things on to his son, his son passed it on to his son and so on.

It was an innovative way to fix a problem. That is what innovators do. They solve problems that they are facing in their lives. Sometimes they are even sheep in wolves clothing.

This is a preamble to a work I published more than 5 years ago now. I’ve updated it a couple of times and will share more this week!

  • Do you know someone that is an innovator?

    • Yes
    • No
  • It is ok to look for new ways to do things, right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Does Duct Tape solve everything?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Did you know the invention of posit notes was a mistake?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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