Innovators are Rule Breakers

"There are no rules here, we are trying to accomplish something." 

-Thomas Edison

People break rules all the time. They test boundaries and continue to push further.

These innovators may not get the support that they need and that sometimes causes a stimulating challenge.

Think about it. We have all tried pushing some form of boundary before.

Why are rules important?

Rules & Regulations are put into place to create a safe zone. They are implemented to nurture a culture that can be monitored and controlled. Rules are necessary for compliance.

At work, we have rules & regulations - break times, dress codes, use of equipment etc.

Governments are famous for them - THE LIST IS TOO LONG

Yet there are a few individuals and organisations that wish to break them. They have no intention to go against the law or do something negative.

Instead, they see these rules as hurdles and barriers to innovation.

They may just find better ways to do things or find alternative methods for living better or working better.

The Rule (ironically) is simple:

Understand the Rules so you know how to Break them.

Here are a few examples:

"If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses"
Henry Ford gave people something different from what they expected - The Car

Time and space were considered to be absolute, and not relative qualities. If Einstein had accepted this notion, he would never have come up with his theory of Relativity.

Keep pushing yourself. Keep understanding. Keep at it.


Daniel-Jacob Santhou  
Creative Strategist - Looking for Opportunity

Melbourne, Australia


  1. Pablo Picasso said it better: “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” but this was a great read and I'm looking forward to reading more.


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