How to Prepare Yourself to Become an Innovator


No college (necessarily).

  • A wide variety of experience in multiple industries and roles.
  • Google the crap out of anything that sparks your curiosity.
  • Ignore everything that traditional career advisors say.
  • Research and absorb the way that companies are currently doing things.
  • Use your intuition and logic to spot trends. See the “big picture view” of how society is evolving.
  • Have a mindset of 10-20 years from now, not next year.

Don’t focus on what the next big “product / service” will be. Focus on what will inevitably replace it.

For Example:

  • Don’t pay too much attention to the “kickass smartphone” that’s going to hit the market next year. Instead, imagine what will eventually replace smartphones.
  • What will this future world look like?
  • How will it function?
  • What are the challenges that this world will face?
  • What are the new opportunities that will emerge?

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