An Innovator’s Mind

What are 5 key traits shared by successful innovators?

Tenacious

Reality check: there will be more fails than wins, but scrambling over hurdles is what makes the startup journey rewarding. Bruises and bumps come with the territory, so ‘thick skins’ go a long way.

Empathetic

The user is your guide. You need to empathise with their needs, wants, and problems. Innovators can’t afford to lack understanding.

Curious

Why didn’t the user like that functionality? It’s good, but how can it be better? What are the pain points in this person’s 24-7? Stay curious.

Risk-taking

Great things never came out of comfort zones, and in the startup world, you either take the risk or lose the chance. To stay ahead of the game, you have to flirt with failure, and breaking things is just part of the process.

Flexible

Ok, so pivot is officially a cliché/buzzword, but rigidity is still the real enemy. Embracing input, insight and adopting an agile approach are essential for successful innovators.

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