# Innovation is often the consequence of many small changes
All changes require marginal adjustment, and this also applies to innovation.
Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes (p. 122).
Most often, innovation is not the result of a sudden moment of realisation, anyway, but incremental steps toward improvement. Even groundbreaking paradigm shifts are most often the consequence of many small moves in the right direction instead of one big idea. This is why the search for small differences is key