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Streamed LIVE from FutureTech 2016 | Finding new and better ways to solve future problems requires we stop and spend time in thought. Abraham Lincoln said “give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Be curious, not critical, and be willing to be wrong. In mature industries we have many people with deep domain knowledge and years of lessons-learned, so we follow well-worn paths and grow comfortable, but as Jeff Bezos says, there are a few prerequisites to inventing: you have to be willing to fail, to think long-term and to be misunderstood. And you must force yourself to consider the unexpected.
Stable industries have well-understood ebbs and flows until something unexpected happens. Keep looking. Keep questioning. Contrarian thinking that is respectful of tradition while looking to disrupt, is the balancing act required.