Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Free minds lead to innovation!

Today my wife tricked me to wash a bundle of extra plates :O. She had an innovative plan to trap me. Anyway, am not in a position to reveal the plan.

Innovation is quite an interesting topic to speak on. We saw Dave's and Doug's blogs in the last couple of days.

Every idea springs from the mind of a single person. This idea can grow to a group of people who can add value to the initial root idea.

I felt it is apt to share Jiddu Krishnamurthy's view on innovation.

Conformity leads to mediocrity. To be different from the group or to resist environment is not easy and is often risky as long as we worship success.

The urge to be successful, which is the pursuit of reward, the search for inward or outward security, the desire for comfort - this whole process smothers discontent, puts an end to spontaneity and breeds fear; and fear blocks the intelligent understanding of life.

In seeking comfort, we generally find a quiet corner in life where there is a minimum of conflict, and then we are afraid to step out of that seclusion.

This fear of life, this fear of struggle and of new experience, kills in us the spirit of adventure; our whole upbringing and education have made us afraid to be different from our neighbour, afraid to think contrary to the established pattern of society, falsely respectful of authority and tradition."

Lack of fear means a free mind. A free mind can think without boundaries. New thoughts leads to innovation. And lots of innovations will keep us engaged.

... hmmn.. Lemme go and start washing the plates ...


  1. Allowing others to manipulate you is not a loss of control. You choose to wash the plates.

    Our most restrictive constraints are typically self imposed, though we often don't perceive them as such.

  2. Yeah, thats true. To a great extend, restrictions are our own creations.