I have thinking about this a lot recently. In a world full of “experts” and entrepreneurs, something more than improvement of an idea or product will go a long way to preserve the legacy of an individual’s creativity and the socio-economic benefits thereof.
Innovation, at least from this powerful article http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2012/03/the-difference-between-invention-and-innovation086/ I came across on PBS.org , is not irrelevant to the development of ideas and products and the writer in this article articulates that so well.
However, for those who look to not only sustain themselves via their creative work so that it should outlive them, invention is the prize to vie. Having both is even better.
Just a thought… Have a great and productive day!