Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that things have definitely changed! For example, we used to do business with companies that had been established many years ago. Very old companies meant trust, reliability, and the belief that they had the products we needed and wanted. Now one wonders if being an old, established company is a benefit or a liability!
Here’s what I mean…. Doing business “the way it’s always been done” is a good way to go OUT OF BUSINESS! Change, innovation, creativity, ease of use, the latest invention, the newest trend….companies and individuals that understand this change will be the success stories of today and tomorrow. Recent history is proof. Great examples of failure to innovate fast enough can be seen in publishing and the music industry.
Today a new product or service can be launched 24/7 worldwide by anyone with a computer, and even that has changed in just the last year! This is the year of the smartphone and tablet. We are all equipped, around the clock and around the world, to seek out new information, new products, and share new ideas.
It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time! Creativity is rewarded and yesterday’s products are boring! Consumers are asking, “what have you released today?”
So I’m asking today, “What’s the BIG IDEA?” I think it would be really exciting if everyone reading this blog would share a link in the comments below to the latest big ideas. What have you discovered today that you would like to share? What have you created that everyone will be talking about tomorrow?
The opportunities just ahead are incredible! Can you see them? Share your comments below, or connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart Today’s thoughts by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….
I’ve been selling kitchen appliances for over 15 years. I have been constantly amazed at the frequency of new product introductions. The kitchen today is much different than the kitchen of 15 years ago. If it has been a few years since the purchase of your last appliance, you should stop by A-1 Appliance and see the amazing, innovative products from the kitchen appliance industry. I’m very optimistic about the future of manufacturing in the United States….because I see the products made in the USA….many of them right here in Tennessee….every day!
So today’s word is INNOVATION! I found some great thoughts on the subject by President Obama. Here is what he said:
“The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation. None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be or where the new jobs will come from. Thirty years ago, we couldn’t know that something called the Internet would lead to an economic revolution. What we can do — what America does better than anyone else — is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. ”
America’s economic growth and competitiveness depend on its people’s capacity to innovate. We can create the jobs and industries of the future by doing what America does best – investing in the creativity and imagination of our people. To win the future, the U.S. must out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.
President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation seeks to harness the ingenuity of the American people to ensure economic growth that is rapid, broad-based, and sustained. This economic growth will bring greater income, higher quality jobs, and improved quality of life to all Americans.
You can read the Innovation Strategy and submit your comments and feedback on Slideshare using the links below:
If you prefer to submit your comments via WhiteHouse.gov, you can do so here.
Download the PDF of the Strategy for American Innovation (PDF)
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How has innovation changed your life? If you would like information about the newest, most exciting kitchen appliances in Nashville, stop by our showroom this Saturday, 3/23/13 from 11:00-3:00. We will be having some cooking demonstrations and a huge sale!
My name is Tom Burns. I am a seller of things essential to life as we know it….
I hope innovation continues long into the future in the appliance industry! Follow the progress with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart
I would like to recommend a blog article I read today by DANIEL BURRUS. You can find it here: http://bigthink.com/flash-foresight/its-time-to-redefine-and-reinvent-your-business-and-your-career-before-others-do-it-for-you?
He made a very important point in this article...”It is important to understand that you can’t go backward, and you can’t stand still; you can’t rest on your laurels, and you can’t keep doing what you’ve always done and expect to thrive, even if you do your best to keep doing it better. The only way to survive, let alone thrive, is to continuously reinvent and redefine.”
In yesterday’s post, I asked the question, “What did you do today?” The answer for far too many people is, “the same thing I did yesterday.”
Many people can remember when that pretty well summed up a career. You could do the same set of tasks daily for 40 years and then retire with a pension at age 65, Today that has all changed. In our rapidly changing world, your product or service may not even exist in 10 years….or less!
I also read today about companies that are proactive (translate successful) and companies that are reactive (translate failing).
So I’m asking the question again today, “What are you doing today….to get ready for tomorrow?
This article will help you sort through the coming changes: http://bigthink.com/flash-foresight/12-certainties-that-will-transform-every-career-and-create-new-ones
Thoughts by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it…..Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart