Small bets and big bets
Innovation and innovative work can be described as betting on an idea or experimenting.
There are two types of innovation: linear and non-linear.
Linear is obvious. Smaller transistors. More roads. Faster internet.
Non-linear is unknown. Quantum computers. Flying cars. Baloons providing internet.
Linear bets have smaller pay-off, but are more secure.
Non-linear bets are what makes linear bets possible.
Too linear and it becomes boring and stale.
Too non-linear and you have no stability.
What are the linear bets that you're taking? The obvious improvements to your work or life?
What are the non-linear bets? The risky stuff, the crazy ideas?
Make a list.
I did, and it helped clarify my aims.