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Innovate, Or Die


“Never, ever, restrain someone with passion”


People are stubborn. As a species, humanity is renowned for its inability to shift on the ideas that matter to an individual. Generally speaking, we are selfish and malignant, refusing to realign our ideals with others.


Many an argument on the internet can be summed up as two suborn people clashing over something where one is clearly correct and the other, if often mis-informed, or stubborn. Usually, if an argument concludes with an apology, it means that one party had misunderstood and taken in the new information, accepted that their opinion was skewed or fictitious, and the other, may be somewhat irked about how long it took to reach such a point, but grateful it did not end up in flames.


But what does Simon Sinek’s quote have to do with innovation? Do you think that saying “no don’t do that” would have stopped the engineers in WWII from making the first computers that would assist with code breaking? Would it have stopped NASA from creating rockets that would eventually take humanity to the stars? Would it have stopped the suffragettes? Absolutely not! They were beaten, arrested and they actively took part in hunger strikes. Those women knew they wanted the right to vote and wouldn’t let something as simple as being discouraged from protesting stop them! And, would it have stopped palaeontologists from digging for fossils? No more than Jurassic Park did, certainly!


When it comes down to change, whether this change is in developing an idea, or something broader, such as social change, having the passion for something is imperative. You cannot force through an idea if you don’t believe in it with every fibre of your being?


Do you want to be on the right side of history? Surely everybody strives to be able to tell their children and grandchildren what a pioneer for the world they live in, that they were? Nobody wants to be asked by their child whether they were all for something that had become so accepted in society during their lifetime, and have to say “no, I was against it”. What kind of impression of you does that lead for those who follow you?


Believing in social issues, speaking up about the problems in the world, and trying new things are so important, especially in a world where history is being made each and every day. This was further highlighted by the pandemic, of course, with every scientific body in the world working together, in spite of Brexit etc. to find the best vaccine for our populations. Nobody wants to see the country they live in decimated by a pandemic and by working with our best feet forward, scientists were able to develop several vaccines that would work to battle Covid19, a process, which would often take years for scientists to do when working alone. Even if it was to the detriment of all other medical proceedings and research.


We are living in an “innovate or die” kind of world. Every day is an opportunity to continue on a mission to make tomorrow better. You never know how what work we put in today can influence the future. We all want to be Bill Gates or Edward Jenner to some extent, so it’s time to take the punt. You believe in what you’re doing. We believe in agile. We believe that changing the way we work from day-to-day to create a more efficient working environment will impact the corporate world positively, and we at The Agile Works will strive to help you achieve that too.



Based in London, U.K., and founded in 2016 by Arvind Mishra The Agile Works (www.TheAgileWorks.com), is an up-and-coming recruitment and Agile consulting company. Arvind is a Certified SAFe SPC and regularly delivers both private and public SAFe certification workshops.

He is a design thinking expert, Sr. enterprise, portfolio Agile Coach with over a decade of experience working as an Agile coach in diverse industries such as banking, pharma, retail, auto, oil, gas, consulting and government.

The Agile Works; a small team of three strive to help shape the leadership's mind-set and values in readiness for their business transformation journey challenges. With Arvind at the helm, we strive to provide you with the agility tools to make your company that can thrive, and not just survive.

To book a consultation, or for any enquiries, you can contact Arvind via the following email address: arvind@theagileworks.com


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