I am fighting to balance normal life with family and friends while seeming to hit a path on three projects that require almost a sense of immersion and no time limits and distractions to really come up with the best solution paths. Basically, the conflict between open and closed mind thinking left me blank with ideas to blab about and relax post brainstorm.
The two types of thinking can be learned, refined and trained. much of the world lives in a closed brain system of linear path of checking off a list of things to do. The open mind thinking is really looking at a question, not really having any list and working to find solutions. the two forms of thinking are almost like oil and vinegar. both are great together, yet they don't really ever blend.
Unless you study and understand the basic requirements to excel in either way of thinking, it looks like one might be wasting time to most people.
Then I saw a post from someone in a forum thread asking about lighting controllers for an issue in humanity that I have spent 25 years working with. In a sense, I was a bit surprised to see someone asking the right questions, particularly when our augmanity technologies provide solutions to the questions.
Then I saw the following response to the mans post, “From the research I have done in this area, I doubt many people would be prepared to divulge that sort of information, but let's see what happens.”
Then I realized the double edge sword the world faces today as the ability to transmit and move data is great, but what I see more is people developing better ways to move information, and in a sense allow the first to be second in idea development.
In a nutshell, from a business standpoint, research and development is an expensive hole with no guarantee for return on investments. It used to be that a patent or trademark had value. Today, you have to point at what spot on the planet you are in to see what and how the local culture values innovation and invention. Inside the USA, the idea of a patent seems somewhat laughable until the system brings some common sense into the reality of inventors, innovation, and how to protect them. I am not talking about greed as with patent trolls, but what is fair. Other parts of the world all explain “it is secret” and will rip each other off blindly, while somehow thinking that stealing an idea is an original idea in itself. Then there is the world of fashion, where someone says, “imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.”
I can’t imagine any fashion designer seeing knockoffs thinking, “wow, that’s great!”
So while eating lunch, I scribbled up some notes about too many things to do and too little time to do all.
What came out was almost a mini road map and blueprint, not of how to solve the gentleman’s question that he posted in a web forum, but rather, what and how all the basic parts of invention, research and getting an idea into market come together.
Idea realization, conceptualization, concurrent development, brainstorming, training and honing skills, use of time, and a few other topics came out. Each will be presented in a snippet form.
In a sense, it comprises the front end of how an idea is generated and created in a world that is hungry for new ideas to stick into well-honed distribution channels.
The other reality is the with technology on the path it is, I feel lots of people will get into creating and generating new ideas and item.
As I listened and watched what non-creative’s talk and thought about for a normal lunch, they probably will not just go out and build a maker space. For whatever reason, many people want the solution package for them, they take out a piece of plastic, open the box of the thing at home and plug it in and push the on button. I don’t think most people are really curious as to how things work, rather, they just want it to work – no thought required.
Then there is the group of nerds, dorks, geeks like myself, that want to understand how and why all the parts go together, the idea of creation is I guess like art itself. I do this whether I starve or make money – because I love it.
That is a blessing in the world. To do what you love and get to call it works.
If all goes well, i will spend next week with a series of snippets about the journey of creation, and the reality of it inside our ever complex world, where the ability to take an idea and replicate it becomes easier than ever.
I did write a note to the young man in the forum thread, and then it appears i must have erased the post. Basically it said, “the gentleman how posted first is probably right. Most of us that have spent years working in this area probably won’t discuss the solution to your question, much less give away the complexity to the solutions that new technology is now making possible – not that it isn’t anything someone hasn’t thought of years ago, but rather, because the tools are finally available. Send me an email if you want to talk further.”
When you find the process that makes your heart sing, you are a fortunate human being. The question you have to ask yourself is how far will you go to making that process your walk in life.