A few days ago, I read an article that contained 10 quotes from Albert Einstein related to the subject of creativity. (see “10 Einstein Quotes to Fire Up Your Creativity“)
Although all of the quotes are good at making you think about creativity and innovation and imagination, these are two of my favorites (especially related to my work):
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Often, innovation and creativity are considered to be esoteric things reserved to those of a certain IQ. In reality, innovation is often more related to thinking about something differently.
In fact, it could be that when someone begins thinking simply and explaining simply, they can begin seeing something in a new light. Of course, one of my responsibilities in our company is also helping someone understand that she/he is a “fish” and is made to swim instead of climbing a tree.
What do you think? What is difficult about innovation? What is simple? Why do we often try to force people into roles/actions/thought processes that are not normal for them?