These are limitations to creativity and innovation which may include the following:
The tendency to focus on the negative aspects of problems and expend energy on worry.
Fear of Failure
For an entrepreneur failure is not a discouraging factor but is a necessary condition and a stepping stone to success.
It is the state of not having time to think creatively. An over-stressed person finds it difficult to think objectively. Unwanted stress reduces the quality of all mental processes. An entrepreneur should avoid executive stress because it hampers creativity
A tendency to conform to accepted patterns of belief or thought – the rules and limitations of the status quo – hampers creative breakthrough. Some rules are necessary, but others encourage mental laziness.
Both conscious and unconscious assumptions restrict creative thinking. There is a need for an entrepreneur to identify and examine assumptions made to ensure new ideas are not excluded.
Over-reliance on Logic
This is investing all intellectual capital into logical or analytical thinking – the step-by-step approach – which excludes imagination and therefore creativity.
Other barriers include the following:
- High cost of research and development.
- Inability to protect invention through patents
- Searching for the one right answer
- Being over specialized
- Believing that one is creative
- Creativity is not taken seriously