They don’t think out of the box, they invent boxes. They have a zero-tolerance policy for “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. They know there’s always a better way, and they’ll find it. They focus on identifying problems before trying to solve them. They steer clear of gossip, on-line and off. They draw attention to possibilities. They don’t think better, they just think different.
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.