This last speaker series was much different than the first one. For starters, there was no movement required, and the information we learned was spoken out to us rather than us interpreting it. I believe that interactive teaching is the best way to learn, however, I was very engaged in this series and could tell by those around me that it was also a motivating and encouraging lecture. Anyone can be an inventor or business leader, especially with the right direction. Our speaker, who was a professor of business, demonstrated this by describing students he had who turned a simple idea, such as a phone case that wouldn’t slip out of your hand, into a million-dollar invention.
What I took out of this speech is that any idea could be a good idea. With enough dedication, an idea can turn into an invention or even a business. It is as easy as looking in your everyday life to see what minor improvements could be made and how you could make them. It’s important to never lose faith in your idea and to stick with it. Commitment is required in any person pursuing an invention. Whether it’s a simple or complicated one, even the pencil had to be marketed and advertised.
Another important thing I learned from this speaker series was to give credit where it’s due, and to give thanks to your mentors and supporters. One thing the main presenter said that spoke to me was that he had two students who had a multi-million-dollar idea turned it into an invention with his help. He said it jokingly, but the students thanked him and took their money. If I were to have such an idea, I would like to think I’d be extremely grateful to my mentor and thank him however I felt fit.
Finally, I learned that innovative thinking is having an already established idea or item, and fixing or improving it. This has been a common theme in my Creativity in Context class, and it has been something I’ve enjoyed learning.
One of the creative tools, abstracting, is demonstrated above. I first drew a monkey, and then repeated drawing it, only with limits to how many times I could lift my pencil.
I chose Walt Disney to create a creative resume on.