A bridge to the future
By ColmSmyth on Nov 19, 2004
A lot has been written on the subject of innovation, but the heart of it is the drive to create the future - not just the future that comes at you one second at a time, but a future where looking back you say to yourself: how did we ever survive without that?
Innovating starts with the will to destroy the inadequate present:
- G. K. Chesterton said "a yawn is a silent shout"; don't be dissatisfied, get downright angry with limitations and wrongs; kick, scream and do something about it
- Socrates said it best: "To find yourself, think for yourself"
- However innovation is about the doing that comes after (and before) the thought; Picasso expressed this as "inspiration exists, but it has to find you working"
- GKC also said "a sage feels too small for life, and a fool too large for it"; the fear of inadequacy (or even mere adequacy) is a powerful motivator
- Don't be a "consumer" in the sense of the article Death of the Future - create the future you aspire to
- A "refactoring" of two great calls to action: "ask not what the future can do for you; ask what you can do for the future" and "the more you do, the more you know what you haven't done"
I'll leave you with a challenge, take it or leave it :) The internet; the web; search engines; Google; ---. Finish that sentence.