Monday, January 07, 2013

Fear Not Innovation

I’ve been an inventor my whole life.

Making things has always been the most natural way for me to engage with the world. When I get up in the morning, there’s this mechanism inside me that wonders what I’m supposed to make next. And it’s relentless. Like the junkie who walks thirty miles to get twenty dollars, the mechanism doesn’t shut up until it finally gets its daily fix.

That’s why, if I don’t spend at least a little time each day, tinkering away, I grow restless. I don’t feel like myself. And I won’t feel like myself until I make something.

But that’s just me.

Or is it?

Maybe it’s not a personality thing. Maybe it’s a person thing.

Human beings, by their very nature, are builders. We make art to capture our feelings, we make tools to amplify our potential, we make games to express our playfulness and we make rituals to celebrate our experiences.

We’re created to create.

And we should never stop. No matter how good, how popular, how useful or how meaningful our creations are, we should never stop inventing. Ever. Because when we stop making things, we lose our innovative edge. And when we lose our innovative edge, we fail to serve the progress of humanity.

Fear not innovation. Fear only that which dims your capacity to innovate.

Stay calm and carry on?

More like get excited and make things.