They don’t think out of the box, they invent boxes. They have a zero-tolerance policy for people that say and think “That’s how it’s always been done.” They have no patience for getting by, surviving, or doing “okay”. They look one level deeper to see things others don’t. They obey rules, just before rewriting them, and they tend to make early adapters late.
They hate sayings like “Don’t reinvent the wheel”, because there’s always a way to make something better, and they’ll find it. They focus on clearly identifying problems before trying to solve them. They steer clear of gossip, on-line and off. They draw attention to possibilities, and you can trust their signature.
They face fears and opposition, while most spend their life avoiding both. They don’t always think better or different, but they think. When they’ve given up, they try one more time.
Those that can withstand the side effects being criticized and misunderstood for not conforming to “the herd” have always been the architects of the future.