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Compared to experimental innovators, I think conceptual innovators have a better chance of survival in their chosen field because of their preparation and certainty.

Very interesting post Sharon!

I'd say that the key word between creativity and innovation is probably "patience". "Patience" is also the limit between time management and risk taking. I think that if you believe in your destiny you can easily jump/loop between "fast and furious" and "figure it out as I go along". Time does not matter. Well, it does... because you learn all the time.

Very interesting article Sharon!

Being a late bloomer myself, I can relate quite easily to the article you posted. Funny, I have always seen myself as an experimental innovator in all of my ventures...
But, after reading this last post, I am now reconsidering my approach as to how I carry my creations through their birthing processes, and it does seem that “with experience” I have now become more of a conceptual innovator!!

“Do not feel guilty if you haven't yet created your masterpiece”

The way I look at it, and this is taking a chance of sounding conceited, all that I have “created” in these past years, have been “masterpieces”. What I am trying to say, is that from one creation to the other I have always tried to better myself, thus, creating a “better physical reality” then the last time!. This is why I believe that I am now more of a conceptual innovator!!

I really hope I'm still the young genius. Although I'm beginning to wonder if the ocncept of genius means ... anyhow great article. Really loved this gem. :)

Wonderful post. It's great to know something new about people in the creative level. Thanks for sharing this.

Whoa and yay! It really just made my entire day to check on this post and see that there was a bunch of wonderful comments on it. Looks like all the comments came in over the weekend. I'm glad you guys enjoyed it.:-)

Now off to make my replies...

Hey Howie--thank so much for chiming in. RE: the survival rates of conceptual innovators vs. experimental ones--it's so hard to tell. On the one hand, yes, it seems like the super planned out conceptual innovators would have more staying power, but one of the things that distinguishes these two types from each other (and I think I forgot to include this in the post ;-)) is that the conceptual innovators skyrocketed to do their genius work early in life, but then fizzled out right afterwards.

Take Picasso for example--although he did paint for many years after the birth of cubism, the Daniel Pink article points our that Picasso's greatest masterpiece, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (pictured in the post), was created when he was in his 20's.

Same with F.Scott Fitzgerald--his masterpiece novel is The Great Gatsby and that was written when he was 29. Then after that, it was relatively downhill.

So, there is some beauty to being the turtle instead of the hare--you get to develop slowly, languidly and live to be an old master.

Of course I hope we see the "young geniuses" of today going against the "conceptual innovator type" to keep on creating well into their old age. :-)

Hi Mindblob (Luc)--you are so correct. It doesn't have to be that you're one type of innovator or the other--some folks do hop back and forth at different times in their lives, and I would think that would be an interesting way to be. I think I kinda do that too.

Picasso and Cezanne are extreme examples of the types--it helps to remember that patience and belief in your destiny can help you be creative throughout your life, and maybe you'll have more balance than Picasso and Cezanne did too. :-)

Hi Elenora,

Oh, that's cool--I can relate to the "late bloomer" thing myself too, and I think for some of us it just takes longer to cultivate our talents and decide how we want to use them to better the world.

You're right--as long as the creations we make are building on each other and getting better and better, then they're valuable in themselves. That's an excellent point!

One thing that makes me excited though, is to think that my masterpiece is still ahead of me--I enjoy the anticipation of cultivating ideas and layers of depth for a masterwork. The process of collecting experiences, skills, and points of view is enjoyable in itself, and I'd really like to draw it out for as long as possible. I guess this shows the "experimental innovator" in me!

For experimental innovators I think the importance of the creation is the overall journey, whereas for the conceptual innovators, the important part is the end result.

When I think about it from this perspective, I really do find myself to be a potential future "old master" ;-) because I enjoy the process of creation so much.

Thank God speed isn't everything...;-)

But it sounds like you're building on you're experiences, and always improving your creative approach, and that's wonderful!

Hmmm, David for you, I can see you being one of those unique people who are gifted at being both the young genius and the eventual old master.

You have made major advancements and creations and you're only 27, but I think you're maturing (like a fine wine ;-) ) and that throughout your life you will continue to trump your previous accomplishments.

I don't see you skyrocketing and then fizzling out like so many young innovators do. You're going to have a long life, and a very fruitful, creative career filled with greater and greater masterpieces.

If you were to get chinese food tonight, this is what your fortune cookie would say ;-).

Hey Charlie,

Thanks so much for chiming in. I'm glad you liked the post. :-)



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Trina Lamarche

Great post Sharon. I think honestly the spread is about the same both young, middle and old. Its just the media hype of the young simply because the fact that they are young and rich makes great news.

There are lots of successful entrepreneurs of middle age (30-40ish) but many reside outside the internet. Design, travel, real estate, etc.

Perhaps its what the generation best understands and thus the take up of the business they decide to get into.

At the end of the day its how you define success. Perhaps its young with 100million? Or making enough, but get the flexibility to spend time with the kids and family.

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