Innovating For Success (Part 3)

by Patrick Liew on October 13, 2011

In 1987, I stood before the Berlin Wall. My heart broke because it was a post-World War symbol of shame.

It was a wall that divided a beautiful country and a prison against freedom.

Like most people, it never occurred to me that the wall would come. It did – in a series of events one year later – and became another shocking event in my lifetime.

On reflection, there has always been a ‘Berlin Wall’ in my mind. An accepted fact that I never thought could be challenged.

As a result, I have imprisoned myself to new ideas, breakthroughs and applications. It has limited my success and prevented me from soaring in life.

An innovative life begins with the right mindset.

I need to ensure that my mindset is never set on anything. I have to commit myself to a systematic practice and a lifestyle of innovations.

To do so, there must be a healthy paranoia that I may become irrelevant and redundant.

I can be replaced by a system, a robot, a competitor, and many other things. They may render me unworthy or worst, useless.

I need to reinvent myself to continue to value-add to my business and life.

I need to be opened to new ideas and be willing to experiment with new concepts. I must have a daring and adventurous spirit to create radical solutions.

There is a saying, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’

I say, ‘If it ain’t broke, transform it.’

In other words, don’t just explore the possibilities of ‘breaking it.’ I must look at how to change it so as to make it even better.

I want to have what I call a ‘Beginner’s Worldview.’

Every assumption must be questioned.

Every family heirloom can be given away (ouch!) to create better legacies.

Every mental model, dogma and precedent must be challenged.

I must be willing to creatively ‘destroy’ myself. I must be committed to restart my life all over again.

I believe my return from innovation can become even more profitable than my return on financial investments.

Ultimately, I want to be like a map and not just a Geographic Positioning System (GPS).

I want to show the way and not be a blind follower in life.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Transformation blog at

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can we have a transformational mindset?


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