di•ver•gent (d -vûr j nt, d -) adj.
- Drawing apart from a common point; diverging.
- Departing from convention.
- Differing from another: a divergent opinion.
- Mathematics. Failing to approach a limit; not convergent.
Ingredients for Success
"And it ought be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new".
- Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince c1505
"When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts."
- Larry Ellison
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
- Charles Darwin