This article was first published by Forbes Middle East on 20th September , 2016 and is written by Kamal Hassan, Founder at The Cribb.
Walk down a street in the Middle East, and you’re going to see a LOT of falafel shops. To a certain degree, this is because a lot of us like falafels. But that’s not the real reason there are so many.
In reality, this is the easiest business opportunity to copy. Someone who wants to be an entrepreneur — but who doesn’t want to think that hard about what people really need — simply looks around and finds the easiest successful business model that he can copy.
Hence, we end up with so many falafel shops. This is definitely not the path to true innovation.
Ideas are things that come and go and fairly frequently too. However, the really great ideas usually spring unexpectedly in moments of inspiration. It becomes easier to come up with great ideas when we free ourselves from the mundane, everyday, conventional thoughts that take up the thought space in our brain.
The most dynamic and innovative people in any endeavor–business, science, athletics, politics, or the arts–are visionaries. And what exactly is a “vision?” At the end of the day I argue that a “vision” is just an upscale word for “daydream,” and “visionary,” an upscale word for daydreamer.
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