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“SOMEBODY SHOULD COME UP WITH SOMETHING”

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” William Pollard (1911–1989) championed the organization of the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies (ORINS). He was its executive director until 1974.

“Disruptors don’t have to discover something new; they just have to discover a practical use for new discoveries.” Jay Samit, Independent Vice Chairman of Deloitte. An American digital media innovator, he has pioneered advancements in music and video distribution, social media, and ecommerce.

Nothing remains the same. The most common daily tasks are still required.  We do the same things that people have always done, but not the same way. I find myself rejoicing in the latest gadget while feeling so foolish that I “did not think of that” while holding a simple tool in my hand.  Because so many of our daily disruptions are the same, someone that is experiencing one of those disruptions finds it most annoying.  Their mind immediately goes to work thinking of a remedy to allow that task to be done with greater ease and less aggravation.

Perhaps the greatest motivation for new inventions is the aggravation of doing a task repeatedly that could be done faster, more efficiently, and easier if someone had just invented what was most needed.  In other words, suffering drives innovative men and women to find ways achieve the same ends by way of a much gentler means.

In one of his Turning Point Daily Devotional, David Jeremiah says: “Clayton Christensen is a professor at Harvard Business School and is well-known for articulating his theory of disruptive technology–an unexpected product or service that disrupts an existing market and helps create a new category of customers. Examples of disruptive technologies include desktop publishing, CD-ROMs, DVDs, personal computers, steamships, telephones and automobiles. Disruptive technologies usually are resisted at first and then accepted because of their benefits and efficiencies.

“God allows disruptive moments in our lives that we almost always question or resist because they are painful, unanticipated, misunderstood and often not optional. Yet in hindsight, they always are embraced for the good or blessing which results. In the Old Testament, Job is the classic example of a life being disrupted, while Paul’s thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 11:7-10) is an obvious New Testament example.”

“If God has allowed a disruptive moment in your life, walk through it by faith rather than by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)–and be prepared to say, ‘Now I understand.’”  (Copied).

Remember the words of Paul…We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint.  Romans because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.  (Romans 5:3-5).