Game-changers, those individuals who shake-up conventional thinking, established practices and well-accepted norms of operation with radical new ideas and creative thinking, are attracting a wider audience than ever before. A new article in Business 2.0 magazine refers to these new technological pioneers as disruptors. "Almost no one fully comprehends what a shock to the existing order they represent until well after the rattling has begun" say Erick Shoenfield and Jeanette Borzo.
Disruptors, game-changers on a fast track, establish new rules instead of simply playing by those established by others. They push all of the limits. They see something that has yet to be accomplished or even theorized and say "why not?" In the late 19th century, there were those who adamantly believed there was no future in electric light, that Edison's invention, though interesting, had no practical applications. Edison, DaVinci, and Franklin were early disruptors who were never fully understood by their contemporaries. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are modern day disruptors who single-handedly changed the face of numerous industries, affecting the lives of billions of people; not just as a result of the development of their technology, but for their incredible vision.
Game-changers and disruptors are not often recognized for their potential contributions and greatness while they are in the early stages of their work, however, as their enlightened ideas unfold, the masses respond and the press takes notice. These over-achievers possess incomparable vision, unstoppable courage and sheer will. They are determined to move forward, taking the world with them in tow if necessary.