HOW DO SOME BECOME INNOVATORS WHILE OTHER REMAIN DREAMERS?
During her May 31st 2023 Grand Rounds talk titled “Hybrid Corn and Common duct Stones” Maggie Bosley, MD Chief Resident Wake Forest University Chief Resident was asked the following question by Kenneth A. Lipshy, MD:
What makes a person an Innovator and not just a Dreamer?
One of your slides proposes that innovators tend to arise from a successful background- well to do family, higher society level. This raises the question “What is the magical characteristic / key trait of the person who becomes a successful innovator and not just someone who dreams of change but never sees it through? You know, the trait where they consistently win with Resiliency and Grit rather Risk aversion after a failure? What makes that one kid on the field The finisher! The kid that always takes the shot? Always follows thru till the ball is in the Goal with no hesitation in spite of past failure! What makes one person risk averse due to thoughts that they have too much to lose vs the person who is resilient and able to rebound to take another shot and score a goal? What could explain the leaky pipe scenario? Where a kid in an underprivileged environment who has potential never applies to medical school and another person in a privileged environment applies and is admitted?
Dr. Bosley’s Response was dead on:
“More than likely it’s a nurturing healthy environment. The community / family around that person who motivates them to continue forwards. My advice is to find people who have common interests who can motivate you. The environment here locally is very supportive. Also I tend to Stay away from those who don’t support me-the negative people. As far as being an innovator, It is far easier to diffuse an idea with money than where there’s no financial benefit.”