Innovate or Die, Lessons Learned From My Son

Rebecca Gordon and her son Jared on the first day of senior year 2013.

Rebecca Gordon and her son Jared on the first day of senior year 2013.

Today is the first day of school here in Jefferson City.  Each first day I have made my son stand outside of our house while I take  ”first day of school” pictures.  This year, I took my final photo and sent my son on to start his senior year in high school.  What a bittersweet moment!

As I happily waved him away ( I cried after I shut the front door) it got me to thinking about the lessons an adult should take away from watching children grow.  From Jared’s first day in kindergarten when his pockets overflowed with Hot Wheels to this final picture, when he drove away in his own car, children are personal innovators, moving through the stages of childhood, not afraid but full of life’s great new adventures. They are always moving forward, growing, changing, learning and building toward the adults they will one day become.

Today I am going to apply this lesson to my business, looking forward to the adventure with an eye on innovation.  To help me along I read this great post from Ryan Holmes, CEO at HootSuite.  Innovate or Die: 3 Ways to Stay Ahead of the Curve.

 

 

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