Art Markman in his HBR article tells you to bust your Innovation Myths. And for a change I like an HBR article. We indeed need to understand that lot of well celebrated innovations did not actually happen in an ‘Eureka’ moment. There was a whole lot of work that went behind the scenes before someone took credit for it all and portrayed as if it happened in one genius moment.
This explained, we need to understand that coming out with innovations, big or small, needs a disciplined and persistent effort and that too on part of a team and not just one individual. Even if you get the idea in a magic moment, you need to work on making it a practical reality by testing it, tweaking it and working on its application. All this needs hell lot of effort and patience. Magic moment myths sometimes tend to convey the otherwise and create apprehensions in those are working on innovation programs.