Michael Bluemling, Jr. | Pathway to Innovation Readiness
Michael Bluemling, Jr., is a former Sergeant of Soldiers and author of "Bridging the Gap from Soldier to Civilian," who overcame abuse to become a success story, after his transition from soldier to civilian. He shares his insight with fellow veterans, to help them through this arduous process, successfully.
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Pathway to Innovation Readiness

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Pathway to Innovation Readiness

A few weeks ago, I found myself at an entrepreneurship conference for veterans. I have been to many conferences before; this one made me walk away with mixed emotions. Sometimes, one may gains valuable information and other times felt it was a theatrical performance, adding no real value. This conference was different. because it made me ready to receive the epiphany poured from the sky, like vital rainwater to a forest.

This was an “ah-ha” moment, where I truly digested the message. I started asking what made the information so valuable. What was different from the last conference on the same topic, with the same workshops, two years earlier. A few days later, the answer smacked me between the eyes – I was READY to receive it. “Preparedness to Receive” is what was different. I had grown – I was in a different space – and was primed for innovative prosperity.

So now, how was I able to do that? Was I a different person? Was I more knowledgeable? Was I a better listener? I believe it was a combination of all of these things and more. During the innovative process of growing my company, I took steps to open my mind to different possibilities. I saw what others may see as a barrier, as an opportunity. I redirected negative energy into positive, to push my vision to a new plain. How did I do this? The following are the seven steps that prepared me:

7 Ways to Ready Yourself for Innovation


1. Research
2. Networking
3. Business Development
4. Educational Reading
5. Brainstorming
6. Ideation
7. Professional Growth

I’ve taken these steps as a part of maturation and as a result, I am now ready. I hit the ground running and I’ve not looked back since. Enlightened with new ideas, I now have a methodology that is far more results oriented, with fewer distractions, which were obstacles to my primary objectives. As a result, I am free – free to try new things and be able to ask tough internal innovative questions that yield great fruit.

It really is an amazing feeling when you realize the work you’ve been doing is meaningful – even through the roadblocks. Without the downs, you cannot have ups. You can’t experience a sunny day, if you’ve not been through the rain. As you grow, you understand who you are and what you stand for, even if it takes time to see it clearly. Keep driving ahead, using your advancements as a tool for recognizing innovation.

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