this morning is a bit of Deja Vous with a part of my personality and/or way I live my life. a few months ago, I had the pleasure to sit with a formula 1 designer/engineer (he was a freak) and as we were chatting away about the process of new ideas and innovation, it was as if we both said the same thing at the same time, “I am ok if I lose money but learn something…that is part of normal creation and risk. however, don’t ever waste my time…that is a big no-no.”
how many times in life have you had someone waste your time as they have ideas and they are trying to reinvent the wheel? do you keep helping them, or cut the cord and wish them well? this is a dilemma of the day as you see know from past experience the light you are seeing is a train barreling down the tunnel, not the light to the path for solutions to get them out of the tunnel.
that is the interesting part about doing so many different things. the sheer amount of crossover you learn, particularly when you shift your life to doing what you love, not what you are told to love. the reality is most people give up on life and will work to find things they can buy or acquire to make them happy. many things in society are deemed a waste of time in what is a society based on achievement/acquisition and accolades. (hmm...the three a's?)
this is also an issue I am seeing more inside the united states that have people think ideas are free, knowledge is cheap, and wisdom and experience even less. believe me, I do understand may perspectives of the process, from being a clueless one with an idea or a dream, to the flip side where you have made so many mistakes that when someone comes to you with the same problem and you advise them, “you need to do this.” most will not really see the ”why?” until after the fact. in the short term focus, people are seemingly caught up in a world of what might be BS? it is like the media in the USA – people don’t seem to want the simple truth or the reality that life is not some instant gratification world where you always get exactly what you want, whenever you want, and life is always happy.
I have to laugh at myself after typing that last sentence. if you have walked out and lived life and then asked yourself what are you doing? well…you will not be afraid of laughing at yourself and forgiving yourself, for anyone that really tries will have moments when you have to ask, “what was I thinking?” the question today is how do you get the attention of another who is making the same mistakes you did, that cost you time and money to come up with a better solution that actually works?
a part of my frustration is also that where I see a great solution is in taking “how” and “why?” you innovate a certain way and bringing it into one space, that doesn’t cost a zillion dollars or require bleeding edge or cutting-edge technologies to innovate in both spaces. perhaps this is what happens in organization building where the battle cry of the day is everything needs that ability to scale and is based more on stock value than the reality of simply making something and having a fair profit. I guess that is a personal view I have had from watching where the internet has gone in 25 years. I imagine I was no different than Tim Berners-Lee in the thinking and idea that the world wide web would be a really amazing tool for everyone to learn and adapt more to the various cultures and ways of thinking on a global scale – to innovate and allow information to be accessed by all and make the world a more democratic place.
instead, you find the trend where there might be 1 or 2 giant winners and a few million all chasing the same idea while thinking they are all very different. it is an interesting phenomenon. another is how you have a lot of people that know about an idea, perhaps have read about it or studied it – yet, they never actually built anything. I think it is the process of using your mind and getting your hand dirty that is a seemingly dying breed in the age of specialty. when everyone is an expert in a tiny niche, you probably will not get much crossover and solutions/innovation.
I just realize that is what my life has done and been. and probably why I am a bit frustrated feeling like time is being wasted with a few ideas and groups. the question I have to ask is, “am I supposed to help get people to another level? or wish them well and walk away?” there isn’t a shortage of ideas and people needing help these days. there is a shortage of time, funds, and people that really do know how to gel and create in the slightly mess and ambiguous world of “new.”
it is funny how I lament entertainment seeming to take something that worked in the past and simply remaking it, or redoing it. new comes with pretty high risks. doing the same thing over and over makes some people very happy. is it a personality trait? or the way the world trains us to think/work?
call me a fool today, as I see how the idea has been commodified into what it is. there are some great applications for the simple design I like, but don’t use, because you have to be tethered to the internet and use their cloud. in the early 90’s I was all excited about the cloud, but today…it has a purpose, but unfortunately the issue I have is more about human beings lack of growth in issues like “how much is enough?” and the motivation for someone to do something besides, “it will make me lots of money” versus, “will it help others too?”
sorry to get all philosophical, but in the past 48 hours, my bullshit detectors have gone up and I guess people must think we are stupid or something in that they don’t realize how many rodeos we have ridden in? I guess It is no different than anything like spirituality and then religion. we are a tiny species inside a great little planet, inside of a humongous cosmos….but my goodness, humans really think a lot of themselves.
what I have to do is ask, “which of these ideas that can help others” should I spend my limited time I have on this planet working on knowing full well that there are no guarantees in life. you can minimize certainty, but 9-11 taught me you can’t take out uncertainty with any situation that can happen to change life
what you can do is change yourself to adapt to whatever life brings you.
just don’t waste my time. it is the only asset each person has equal amounts of each day while we are breathing on this planet.
It is always interesting to see what size of a box people tend to live in. some like small ones with lots of compartments, others keep working to buy bigger ones to fit more stuff in, others might chase getting bigger or more boxes as they think one day they will be happy. then there are a few that ask, “why does everything have to be a box?”
have a great day. sorry to get philosophical. I tend to be blunt and direct in a world that likes to put on a lot of make-up and worries more about image than reality. but I can still hear the Scottish formula 1 engineer/inventor freak laughing with me at the same time. “yeah, you will do projects where you have to write off the money…but do not waste my time!”
it is funny when people might think I am doing nothing and staring out into space or scribbling into a sketchbook or playing with ideas and design in a computer – it would look like a waste of time. truth is, I am working very hard during those times – and I am happy as a clam.
when you truly find what you love to do, and what makes your heart sing – I am not sure if one is considered lucky? or fulfilled? maybe a bit of both.
now, back to writing up stuff so people who don’t realize how much work has been done, don’t have to re-invent the wheel. life is funny how we all learn. don’t let anyone fool you. you tend to learn the most out of failures and not your successes.
but I have to go back and spend more time on the three A’s that society seems to crave achievement, acquisition, and accolades. when you drop needing them in your life – you also probably have grown a great deal as a human. guess I better spend time designing that space i want and need to create in that skunkworks way that so few seem to understand spatial creation is far more productive than linear creation . then again, when i talk about quantum computing to most folks, i don't think they realize what will be possible in just a few short years.