I’m a firm believer in exploiting intelligent constraints to spur creativity and innovation. After all, restraining forces rule, and resources are always finite, so we need to be good at leveraging limits.
The important question is this: are the limits you face preventing innovation, or enabling it? There’s only one right answer. The problem is we often and too easily allow tough constraints to defeat us right out of the gate, so we end up downgrading our hopes and goals in order to simply declare victory. Instead of rising to the challenge and summoning our ingenuity, instead of leaning into our discomfort and pushing to the edge of the limits, we succumb to what amounts to preemptive surrender.
And many times we go so far as to impose limits on ourselves that are false, simply to remain comfortable and avoid the tension. Don’t believe me? Allow me to run a quick experiment on you. Ready? (Read through the directions first.)