Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Are you an Adaptor or an Innovator?

I read an article a while ago about entrepreneurs and MBAs, and how entrepreneurship is not something that is taught, but more or less felt and experienced. It went on to further say that business people are what is called:
“Adaptors”-those people who prefer to take others’ ideas and improve them. These people are fairly cautious and pragmatic. They prefer incremental innovation. Their motto is to do things better.
While entrepreneurs are:
“Innovators”-those people who prefer to find new ideas by sometimes overturning concepts or industry models. These people challenge others and can be risky and difficult to work with. They are into “big bang” innovation. Their motto is to do things differently.
I can agree with this. School teaches us to be good worker bees. To take what we have learned from someone else's experiences and findings and "adapt" it to our lives, to our situations. As an entrepreneur, you literally have to create your own experiences and take everything as a life lesson. Instead of feeling like you need to fix a problem or come up with a better solution, we literally seek new problems so we can create unthoughtof solutions.

Read the article for yourself and tell me what you think! 4 Reasons an MBA is Bad for an Entrepreneur

Not everyone is born to be an entrepreneur. In life, we need worker bees just as much as queen bees. Entrepreneurship is something that people are seemingly born with. It's not enough to just "adapt" to a situation, you have to be a risk taker and innovate your way through that situation.

So ask yourself, are you an adaptor or an innovator?

The Unemployed Entrepreneur

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