“The progressive development of a man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain. Its ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing forces of nature to human needs. This is the difficult task of the inventor who is often misunderstood and unrewarded.” — Nikola Tesla: My Inventions The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla
If there's anything you can learn from Nikola Tesla, it's the simple fact that innovation within your entrepreneur mind is what drives everything and anything in any market. It’s not the amount of money or capital you have in your bank account that propels you to become a dominant player in your sector. It's the continuous innovation in the incremental and disruptive form of inventions.
You have to keep in mind that some of your ideas are more of incremental nature. That’s okay. Sooner or later, your entrepreneur brain will come up with the BIG ideas too. It’s not easy to come up with disruptive innovations like Tesla did over a long period of time. If you don’t know much about him, let me tell you quickly: Without Tesla, our society would not be able to function today. He invented the AC motor that exists in every electrical appliance today. He visualized and made the current electricity grid of today. And Tesla conceived and made wireless a reality. Don’t believe what is written in the history books about Edison and Marconi. They cheated their way to fame because they were crooks.
I hope Tesla’s quote inspires you to keep the concept of innovation as one of your most primary intellectual weapons. Anyone can become more innovative. It is a state of mind.
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An entrepreneur and investor, with more than 25 years experience, he's worked with ventures in the technology, internet, media and publishing, entertainment, energy, and manufacturing sectors raising more than $300 million in capital for various companies and investing more than $50 million into startup and emerging ventures. He's sat on the boards of 11 companies, served as editor-in-chief of Futuredex, a private equity magazine. Follow Damir on Google+