Innovation = Money? No.

by B.J. on 5/04/2008 07:32:00 PM 0 comments Print this post

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"The point of innovation is to make actual money." - says actor reading a line from IBM's marketing department.

I've had a problem with that statement for a while. I couldn't quite figure out what was wrong with it, but I know that something didn't feel right and/or true with that statement. I doubt that truly innovative people do creative things specifically for the specific purpose of making money.

I can't believe that great thinkers were motivated too much by something as temporary and transient as money.

Innovation is more spontaneous and less purposeful. It seems to be a synthesis when experiences are combined rather randomly than something people aim to do.

Could anyone picture great philosophers, thinkers, and truth-seekers like Ike Newton, Albert Einstein, Percy Julian, or Stephen Hawking doing what they did just to get rich?

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