my stomach is experiencing some some mixed feelings post brainstorm this morning. I really wish I could understand human beings a bit better in the area of thinking about an idea and taking risks and that odd, uncomfortable, queasy feeling you get before you take the first step into the unknown of ambiguity. it is a very normal reaction for most people. even professional athletes get pre-game jitters.
My guess is difference is experience - once you have gone through this "nerve stage" enough, you realize it is a very normal reaction versus something that has your human fears squash any idea to grow or change. it is this gut instinct that reminds you that you are indeed on the right path. then there is another time of queasy feeling you get in the stomach that is very different. it is the kind I got when I heard the spice girls were getting back together. this feeling is more like you had too much to eat or drink and you have to expunge something.
when you have the quest for new, or raising the bar with products, ideas, and what is possible for the future – when you see the market flowing with the 3 r’s of modern marketing - regurgitate, repackage, and rebrand – it does have you wonder where is the innovation?
thankfully, you do realize there is a smaller group out there that wants to improve with new spaces. if anyone has a crash space near this place in Chicago called mhub – let me know - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNt1YKkGBvA it is the first space I have seen that honestly has all you can want to build new ideas. I just found out about it yesterday after many years of me getting the tools and/or thinking a normal maker space would be enough to get the myriad of ideas into forms that show and prove the reality.
now that I think about it. if you are a tinkerer and dream and you are in the usa. just pack up and head to Chicago right now. I haven’t been in Mhub – but I can tell you based on the video they are one of the few places in this country that have their ducks in a row (don’t even ask me how many university and other spaces I have gone to in the country looking for a spot to call home – it is sad how much was spent not asking people that actually make things, “what do you need and why?”
so yes, my brain is taffy right now. I have four projects going full steam, two of which are groups that I have to wonder if they are wasting my time, but when I pray…you get the feeling to help them. so either my discernment is way off, or I am on the right path – I don’t really know yet, as I have seen and witnessed more ideas fall off the table because of people not accepting or wanting any risk in their lives. I do understand the logic and the desire for such a feeling, but unless you are a banker or businessman, and not an entrepreneur – you will feel very differently about risk, and the levels of it you can tolerate.
lately in the market you have a lot of people wanting to open businesses and do new ideas in a world that is really changing very rapidly inside the developed world. I find this exciting, but at the same time, I find a gigantic void between those who want to do something, and those who actually have the skillsets and/or brain damage to build things. maybe it was 10 years ago that the elevator pitch and prototype without really thinking phase came into the market. the reality of brick and mortar business, with actual profit margin and cash flow analysis gave way to “can we float a lot of debt, scale rapidly and ….sell it to some giant organization for billions!”
the later way, has led us into a space I see today. you have lot of ideas, and people make up pretty pictures of stuff that doesn’t work. last week I saw such a series of pictures that have not one, but two major flaws in the design with issue regarding physics and the way nature works. how did I learn this? because 30 years ago I tried the same design. at the time I knew no one that could help me save time and money by saying, “really pretty, but there are to major flaws you have here.”
maybe that is a bit of the frustration. I spent my life learning and growing. all the parts are coming together now, that cost me a great deal of time and money via experience, testing, and waiting for computer technologies to get to a space where dreams can become reality.
I am acutely excited with the prospects of what I can hopefully get on the market in the next 20-25 years. no, I don’t plan on sitting in a room saying, “I am retired!” let me stare at my naval and then act my age and think since my age is a big number, I am actually really old.
what I do hope, is that in the next 25 years, all that time and experience will be used to actually put out a few things that can help people and/or alter and change people to becoming more than thinking a spice girls reunion is something good or new for society. (may the god of tour rider requests and merchandising bless them)
ok..now back to helping people in the usa heal and feeding carribean nations with food security in areas prone with hurricanes. it’s going to be a great day.