I am an innovator according to the above basic definition. I am a person who tries new things because they may improve a situation or solve a problem. However I think there is a whole lot more to it.
I would like to expand on what I think an innovator is. I believe it is more about being the best you can be at whatever you spend your time doing. Innovators tap into a need to excel and to be challenged. I love to learn and have been curious about everything for as long as I can remember. These are common threads found among teachers. Curiosity and the love of learning woven together creates the fabric of innovation. I believe another trait an innovator possesses is an innate ability to remain balanced in the face of struggle. It is the knowledge that some things must be explored before you can fully appreciate the end result. I also think that innovators are great planners. If you do not have a good framework there is nothing to hang off of. Sometimes we need to swing in the breeze a little knowing that we are anchored to the plan. Being open to change and trying new things is a hallmark of courage that most innovators do not even acknowledge. It usually takes someone else to point this out. Not necessarily because the innovator is modest but simply because they are completely absorbed in what they are doing. They don't notice because they find their endeavors invigorating and fun! Ok...that also includes frustrating, time consuming, stressful, scary and risky but mostly FUN! Change is not always welcomed by others so an innovator also has an extra amount of confidence in the ideas they are promoting. They believe it is worth the effort. They also have the patience to wait out the reluctant naysayers. The final and most important aspect of being an innovator is being a strong collaborator. Two heads are better than one. Yes! I love trying out new things (especially with my students) because the joy of discovery and success is much sweeter when shared!
I am a digital innovator who is thoroughly enjoying the journey and is looking forward to the amazing opportunities ahead for us all!
How do you define yourself in the area of innovation?