“As we approach President’s day, it seems fitting to honor two wonderful examples of innovation: our first American President, George Washington and our 16th, Abraham Lincoln. Both men were students of their environment–continually examining their surroundings and identifying niches to fill. Many years before his face adorned the $1 bill and frustrated with the backbreaking labor of planting seeds by hand, 28‑year old George Washington drew upon his love of reading and combined two separate concepts into a new invention: the barrel seeder. As a result, his innovation allowed a horse to pull the plow forward while a barrel rotated to distribute seeds into furrows.”
Leadership through ongoing innovative thought is a key to growth and success in life. Don’t avoid taking action by waiting for the million dollar idea. Look around and start tomorrow with one small step—or a clever combination of a million “one-dollar ideas!” Start with a new approach at home, at your desk at work or somewhere else inside your comfort zone. You don’t need to solve World Peace right now. Take a tip from Abe, and just get the first boat back on the river.
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