Success has a variety of definitions. In simple terms, meeting and exceeding set goals is one of them. Entrepreneurs-in-Residece who are obsessed with their craft, have to fight an ongoing battle to stay on their mission. When you are convinced with the potential of your idea/solution, but finding it difficult to get support from internal stakeholders, persistence-of-mission becomes an essential element of your course of life at work.
Many-a-times, it might take months/years to get that off the ground and let it fly well. But, keep at it. Show-and-tell the benefits to those who matter. Write and let people experiment with little risk. Garner support from potential users and possible customers, without hurting the relationship-chain-of-command. If it is useful, it’ll find its way. You might be just out-of-synch with timing. But that’s what makes you ahead-of-time innovator!
Check what Spencer Silver had to say about his “glue that doesn’t glue”…
You have to be a zealot at times in order to keep interest alive, because it will die off. It seems like the pattern always goes like this. In the fat times, these groups appear and do a lot of interesting research. And then the lean times come just about at the point when you’ve developed your first goody, your gizmo. And then you’ve got to go out and try to sell it. Well, everybody in the division is so busy that they don’t want to touch it. They don’t have time to look at new product ideas with no end-product already in mind
Let your craft speak for itself!
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