If you have followed the 28-day innovation program, or embraced the philosophies that lie behind them, you have begun to stretch the bonds of the status quo. You are on your way to fully breaking them and becoming a full-fledged innovator. Table C-1 serves as a simple reminder of the key lessons from each stage of the program.

To reinforce those lessons, consider taking the Innovator’s Pledge, which borrows from the Declaration of Independence and the pledge that I and other safety patrols had to recite every day at Luxmanor Elementary School (where my political career ended after my crushing loss in the third-grade vice president election).1

The pledge begins with a statement:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, ...

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