Her tips on becoming a better innovator, engineer, and designer:
- Take an improv class. This process of letting the situation evolve is similar to starting a company. You come in with an idea and see how people react. You have to turn it into something that everybody wants.
- Create discomfort. If you have no reason to innovate, you won't. Needle yourself to feel a little less comfortable and actually want something.
- Widen your horizons. Talk to people you wouldn't outside your circle of friends. Travel. Push yourself to try something new and different every day, even if it's something tiny.
- Have the courage to toss out wild "what if" ideas. Don't take it personally when your concept doesn't fly. Let people beat it up, move it around and expand it.
- Ease into risk-taking. Start with baby steps. You will be amazed at how you can talk yourself into taking on bigger and bigger opportunities overt time.