Leverage others experience instead of wasting time on pure invention
From the first days of school, we are taught that "copying others is bad". In the process of teaching students to think creatively, we create a lifetime baggage of fear that we'll be caught plagiarizing someone. The reality of today's fast paced world is that we as individuals, and as companies, can't create enough original concepts fast enough. If we struggle to constantly find the ultimate breakthrough, competitors focused on executing new wrinkles to proven processes win the race. It is always easier to edit than to create. We would do well to follow the advice of Picasso, shed the guilt of copying, and leverage the experience of others.