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The idea of true innovation may appear elusive. It can intimidate with its vagueness. It’s something that is difficult to define. It may seem impossible to come up with something that is truly “new.” All the good ideas may already be taken. People might be afraid to fail, to branch out, to take a risk. One may think it should be left to the geniuses of the world. Luckily, for those of us who dream of being innovators, one of the greatest aspects of innovation is the sharing of ideas. And many of those who have been considered successful have, over the years, shared their ideas, definitions, and advice regarding true innovation, revealing how how accessible it can be. Here, we’ve compiled advice from the top scientists, tech moguls, business people, authors, and politicians of the world as they describe failure, imagination, collaboration, and much more. They, in no way, make their work seem easy. But they do inspire endless possibility. Hopefully this compilation can provide some guidance to those dreamers and future innovators out there. But that’s enough from me. Let’s hear from the experts.

Mark Zuckerburg, founder and CEO of Facebook, talks about the early days of Facebook in an interview with Business Insider and discusses the success behind the true innovations.

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As the founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos gives a TED Talk on the future of the web.

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Ron Johnson, the former CEO of well-known department store JC Penney, speaks on the value and importance of true innovation at a ThinkEquity conference.

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Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal, and leader of both the spacecraft company SpaceX and electric car manufacturer Tesla, states in an interview with Fast Company the idea that failure is a valuable component of the true innovative process.

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Well-known speaker, author, and researcher Brene Brown speaks in an interview with Oprah about vulnerability and how true innovators are the ones who experience failures.

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In an interview with Forbes, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about how if there is a standard of participation in true innovation and technology, with people accepting these ideas in their daily lives, it will foster a cultural norm of creativity.

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Arguably one of the most well-known innovators of all time, Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., states in an interview with Business Week that there is no “system,” per se, to the true innovative process. New ideas and processes can be birthed at any moment, and it is important for innovators to be open at all times.

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At the Entrepreneurship Summit, former Vice President Joe Biden discusses the importance of entrepreneurship – specifically, how important it is for governments to allow citizens a free space for ideas to flow, because, without that freedom, innovation will fail to flourish.

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World-renowned scientist Bill Nye argues against cuts in the science and technology budget, because without money in these budgets, NASA will not have the ability to help students find careers in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

By Hilary Cranford: Photo Editor and Alex Moerson: Staff Writer for Innovation & Tech Today – Online

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