Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Definition of Innovation

Innovation could be defined as originality added to a preexisting system. It is a way to overcome a problem and get a fresh perspective on it. Novelty is the vital glint of all human change, improvement and progress. Innovation is not an invention, but an improvement of a previous product. Our human society uses innovation in every day life to make adjustments to the way they do things or how they use certain objects. In my life, takes place in from simple household chores to life changing decisions. Innovation is any adjustment a person makes in their life. For example, I recently purchased a scratching post for my little kitten, but he does not seem to like it or use it. The top of the post is a flat square and is now used as a lamp table in the living room. Improvement could be applied to an object that has one use and apply in the whole other direction. Innovation can take place in larger decisions and make a difference in one’s life. It’s not only the products and technology that can be innovated, but the decisions that a certain person makes in their life could be a personal innovation. In my case, the life changing innovation was my adjustment to the new language after moving from Russia to North America. I had to learn a foreign language and find a way to learn it quickly and efficiently. Modernism was a very useful tool in this process of adjusting to the language, people and the culture. Innovation is not only technology oriented, but could be something simple we do and not notice. The essential part of improvement is not being afraid to fail while taking a risk. 

Personal Introduction

             My name is Ekaterina Dvornitsyna; I was born in Russia and lived there until the age of fourteen. I am nineteen years old and currently studying to be a Pharmacy Technician at Mohawk College. My life might not be very long so far, but it feels like it has been quite a journey already. As long as I can remember myself, swimming has been the big important part of me. This sport taught me to listen to the coaches and other adults surrounding. Practices helped to focus my energy in the correct direction. Lack of time educated me on how to make my work more efficient in less amount of time. I spent over ten years training and it might seem like swimming is an individual sport, but it also is very crucial when it comes to team work. A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and we work on keeping each chain link at the highest level possible. After finishing my swimming career I started to work as a swimming coach. Working in the field gave me experience with communicating with kids and their parents. 
Part of my life that influenced me the most was when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. My mother did not speak a word of English at that point; therefore I was the one making all the arrangements. This experience gave me a lot of knowledge in many fields needed for the adult life such as home bills, medical fields, documents needed to live in Canada, tax returns and much more. I was the one taking care of her while she was sick, taking her to hospital for chemotherapy, radiation, and emergency situations. In my mind I believe that my life formed my identity. My sport taught me how to be a leader and work efficiently, my new country taught me how to respect others and how to adapt to the new environment, and my mother’s sickness taught me how to be an adult and the knowledge needed for future life.