When thinking about innovation, change and ideas it is important to consider and understand what success means to you, your organisation and the greater good. Simply coming up with ideas and changes that you want to try and implement isn’t enough, but having a good follow through with those, a vision for the direction to take them is equally as important. For more simple ideas, such as having filtered water in the kitchen, are easier to do than others, but don’t underestimate the power those small simple changes have on the mental and physical state of those around you.
On the other hand, we also must realise that those simple changes are not cover-ups for greater problems. If your community lacks structure, organisation or direction; if your leadership doesn’t lead, or if your job is going down the hole then implementing small changes instead of looking at the bigger picture, just isn’t going to cut it.
Alain de Botton, a philosopher and author of many books has this to say about success, which I think is very relevant in relation to not only personal success, but also community success, or success of your ideas within your organisation.
“One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. A lot of the time our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own. They’re sucked in from other people. And we also suck in messages from everything from the television to advertising to marketing, etcetera. These are hugely powerful forces that define what we want and how we view ourselves. What I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but that we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we’re truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of the journey that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.”