Let’s look at the skills in detail
Research involving identical twins suggests that only about one of our creative ability is genetically driven. Rest of the innovation skill set comes through learning - first understanding a given skill, then practicing it, experimenting, and ultimately gaining confidence in one’s capacity to create.
Discovery Skill 1: AssociatingCreative entrepreneurs make unexpected connections - they combine pieces of what may seem disparate pieces of information until they connect it. Steve Jobs was interested in calligraphy and this eventually led to his company producing user-friendly, graphics-based Macs.
Discovery Skill 2: ObservingSome of the most innovative entrepreneurs are “intense observers”. Scott Cook, the founder of Intuit, got initial idea for Quicken software while watching how his wife was very frustrated doing their finances. From this observation sprang Quicken.
Discovery Skill 3: ExperimentingWhen Jeff Bezos, the founder of internet retailer Amazon, was growing up, he used to spend time on his grandfather's farm in the summer. When machinery broke down on the farm, his grandfather would try to fix it himself, with some help from Jeff. They would “experiment, trying this and that until it would finally work again. So Jeff grew up with that kind of attitude and mindset, that if I am confronted with a challenge, I can figure out a solution.
Discovery Skill 4: QuestioningWe can be observing the world or experimenting, but if we have no questions in our mind, we are pretty unlikely to get any insights or "ahas" that we never thought about. Michael Dell, the founder of Dell, has said: "When I'm wandering the world, I try to construct a question for every conversation that might generate information that I never had before."
Discovery Skill 5: Networking
Networking. Innovators are intentional about finding diverse people who are just the opposites of who they are, that they talk to, to get ideas that seriously challenge their own. There could be differences in gender, industry, age, country of origin, or even politics.