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Bandler on Innovation

March 22, 2012

Excerpted from Using Your Brain For a Change by Richard Bandler:

I’d like to install in you what I think is one of the most important steps in the evolution of your consciousness: be suspicious of success.  Whenever you feel certain, and you succeed at a task several times, I want you to become suspcious of what you’re not noticing.  When you have something that works, that doesn’t mean other things wouldn’t work, or that there aren’t other interesting things to do.

Years ago some people figured out that you could suck creepy gooey black liquid out of the ground and burn it in lamps.  Then they figured out how to burn it in a big steel box and roll it all over the place.  You can even burn it in the end of a tube and send the tube to the moon.  But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to do those things.  A hundred years from now people are going to look at our “hgh-tech” economy and shake their heads the way we do when we think of ox-carts.

Real innovation would have been easier right at the beginning.  They could have done really amazing things.  What if they had said “Boy, this really works!  What else will work?  What else is there to do?  What other ways are there to move besides burning stuff and spewing it out the end of something?  What other ways are there to move other than rolling in metal boxes and flying in metal tubes?”  The more success you have, the more certain you become, and the less likely you are to stop and think, “What is it that I’m not doing?”

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