So, thank you—sincerely. We truly are grateful that you read this book. We put a lot of time and effort into creating something that we thought could help you be your most innovative self, spend more time in the mindset of discovery, and live a deeper and more enriched life. We hope it did.
So here comes a perhaps unpleasant statement of reality: In no way, shape, or form can this book—on its own, at least—enhance your ability to innovate, increase the amount of time you spend in the mindset of discovery, or deepen and enrich your life. As a matter of fact, nothing except you can get that done for you.
It gets worse: It won't be easy. As a matter of fact, as with any long-term sustainable behavioral change, it will probably be quite challenging. But we believe you can do it—and hopefully something in this book has inspired you to believe that you can do it, too.
We've introduced you to our learning model, to the mindset of discovery, and to the Big Five behaviors we recommend practicing to stay more consistently in that mindset. We stated several times that practicing is absolutely the most essential part of the program. We also talked about the conditions that should be in place while you're practicing: to be comfortable being uncomfortable and to be of service to others. Those are both important and necessary to make the practice potent enough ...