I have a lot of books on my desk.... I mean a lot! On days that are slow, like today (everyone is on vacation but me!??) I read a chapter or two in one or more of these books. Recently I've been going through "The Myths of Innovation" by Scott Berkun and have been telling everyone I know how much I'm enjoying this book!
Scott briefly tells the stories of many key inventors / innovators through time stressing the points that none of these came as a-ha moments... but rather took lots of determination and yikes... failure! Most if not all key inventions were thought up by multiple people over time and the "winner" is a result of many coinciding factors: timing, funding, reproduction, and competition.
For all you creative thinkers out there, you'll see lists of negative responses that you've likely heard over your lifetime. Scott put together a list of "idea killers" and "idea helpers" on his blog that you might want to check out.
I hope you take a look at this book and if you do read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I am....