“Reinvent. Relentlessly!” – #Futurist Jim Carroll
You always need to try to be a new you, because today is a different day. Maybe yesterday’s you won’t be good enough for the you that you need to be today!
Crazy message? Not really – as a species, we have never lived through a more dramatic period of fast paced change.
This stage shot? I’m at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, which celebrates the science, insight and inventions of the greatest minds of our time, Benjamin Franklin. What a fabulous setting for a dinner keynote a few months ago!
I was actually speaking at an innovation dinner awards celebration for Chemours, a leading global chemicals company. Called the 2018 Chemours Plunkett Awards, the evening celebrated key customers who had achieved breakthrough results through a focus on innovative and creative thinking.
I love awards dinners, and I’ve done quite a few over my 25 year speaking career!
Part of my message to the audience was that continual reinvention though innovation is critical in today’s world. Products go out of date faster than ever before as product lifecycles collapse; fickle consumers can send a brand from hero to zero in moments; there is always a potential competitor around who is eager to ‘steal your lunch.’
So – reinvent. Fun fact: it was the discovery of one single new chemical substance that permitted Apple to miniaturize the hard drive for the original Apple iPod, leading to the birth of a multi-billion market. Guess how many new chemical substances will be discovered in next 50 years? Billions!
Opportunity abounds in such a reality! This requires a mindset in which the ability to come up with new products is critical, and that is why we celebrate innovation heroes – like those who were in the room this particular evening.
Past glories won’t define your future success – so change yourself. Your track record from the past is irrelevant for the future if you don’t align yourself quickly to new realities. Your old success will not define your new success.
Your ability to reinvent yourself is the essence of your future being. Do it now!