How to have a disruptor’s mindset?

Disruptors think about creating value for others. They don’t compete with others instead they create unmatched value which will help them dominate the market place. Disruptors target on an unmet need; they deviate from the mainstream and find new streams of value creation and revenue generation.

You too can be a disruptor if you develop the ability to think like one.

# Great disruptors see the world differently. They see opportunity while most see difficulty. Renaissance Florentine philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli said that entrepreneurs are “simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.”

# Disruptors are Uncomfortable with status-quo. Disruptors are the ones who challenge the status-quo. They don’t try to fit in; instead they try to stand out. They are in the search for the next thing that will replace the old. They have no nostalgia of the old and familiar. As Andre Gide said “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore”

# Disruptors are not afraid of failure. They know that set backs are part of a creative process. They accept success or failure and move on quickly as they always want to keep the pace with changes. Great disruptors fail cheap, they fail fast and they fail forward.

# Disruptors ask different questions. They ask questions like what if and why not. These questioning processes create scenarios and they begin to make even the most impossible scenarios to work.

# Disruptors build on the old in order to create the new. They work on ideas even if it’s not originally theirs. They tweak and develop better concepts from the old ones. They stand on the shoulders of the giants. They juxtaposition existing technologies and resources to innovate the new. They build on what is already there and they always come up with a better version. The best example is Uber using existing navigation technology, which is Google map, GPRS, smart phone to come up with a new form of Cab services.

# Disruptors create new streams that deviate from the mainstream. They deviate from the popular paths to take on the roads less traveled. They get uncomfortable with the existing paradigms and long held assumptions. They break the rules. They are unconventional and they drive change and that lead to a new possibility. Disruptors are the ultimate value creators.