Many people are born with a desire to change the world, to make a difference in life. The problem is, that the world doesn’t want to be changed. I believe that changing the world is a wrong approach to life as we know it. I believe that in order to “change the world”, we must assess the bottom-line of this apocalyptic ever ending idea. The world was made what it is today by human beings, and it is mankind responsible for where we are now, and where we will be tomorrow. I believe that in order to make that difference, the answer is not a change, because change takes everything for equal, good or bad. I think that our job is to push humanity further, and in order to push humanity further our job ultimately is to inspire.
My theory relies on interconnectivity and the amount of synapses that we experience everyday. It would hurt to think that people who have made a difference in the world did it by being born and not by the amount of experiences they lived. Steve Jobs, a popular icon that declared to “nudge the world”, talked about humans in bicycles, quoting a study made about the locomotion efficiency of species. In such study, the Condor won by far, whereas the human came about a 3rd of the list. Yet someone had the crazy idea to also measure a human riding a bicycle, and it blew the competition away. The human won by a large margin, so he started thinking about the possibilities of a computer. He believed that a computer is that bicycle for humanity and that we were just getting started. That study he read, was one of all the experiences he had, that inspired him. Then he came on and inspired someone else with his creative mind and inability to settle. His largest gift to humanity was his ability to inspire. The iPod was the natural outcome of such inspiration preceded by the iPhone, and look where we are at now.
Today, we are easily enthused by the idea of “the internet of things”, where there is a theory that in less than 5 years, every new technology device will have interconnectivity within itself with at least one other device. That is that down the line, every device will be connected to everything we do, for measurement, tracking, analytics, among other things. This is a total new bicycle that will push humanity further into an unknown challenge-filled future. Then humanity will be inspired by such connectedness and develop an entire new set of accomplishments that will ultimately provide a whole new set of challenges. This will inspire a few, who will then again push humanity further.
In a globalized world where some have the answers for economy and globalization such as China and it’s massive workforce, others like Gary Hamel have in mind the evolution and inevitable future of management, which is a principle where no one has wanted to adventure before. In his studies, he has found how primitive management is, and how human interconnectivity will boost the evolution of it. What about art? to me, by far one of the biggest misconceptions, where people think and declare creations and works of art. Most of all claim originality, one thing that doesn’t exist, because nothing is original in life, everything comes, according to my theory, from inspiration. Yves Saint Laurent and Pablo Picasso to name a popular few, claimed that their work of art came from a muse, their primary source of inspiration.
Just to add a pint of doubt, the top growing industries today are green and sustainable energy, personal care, online education, social network gaming, mobile apps & 3D printing. As you can see, 4 out 6 are regarding technology, the bicycle of today. Someone just got inspired by 3D printing, and started printing toys. Someone else with a high synapse count came out with the idea that 3D printing could be used to print human parts, and is now printing partial skulls, knees and prosthesis to help people walk. Do you see the uncanny capabilities that we as humans can do with a slight source of inspiration? Have you ever been to New York City and seen the amount and size of the skyscrapers, added the amount of detail of every construction and ever-changing real estate industry? How awesome exactly is our brain!
The more connections we make, the more ideas come to us. The more we want to be exposed to experiences, the faster we get out of our comfort zone and are inspired. That is in fact the entire process hidden behind innovation.
Some pessimists may say that most businesses have already been created, and that hyper competition will attack new emerging business, that brick and mortar will take over in an all-in massive acquisition movement, yet we see that the world is producing more and more indie entrepreneurs, newer and better business ideas, bolder works of art, astonishing new ways of defying life as we know it. Technology boosting creativity and interconnectivity increasing our capacity to relate and have more and more experiences in shorter periods of time.
I say we are just getting started, I say the hope of humanity relies on our capacity to inspire lives. I say that there are hundreds of thousands of possibilities to help humanity close that gap of the world as it is and as it should be. I say humanity is waiting for sources of inspiration and enlightening experiences to transform themselves from within and evolve in to the best species that ever lived.
The world is full of martyrs, but we need heroes. We need you not to try -but to win-, not to want -but to do-, with your passion, your creativity, your drive to inspire us. Give us what you’ve got.
Contaminate us with your inability to pursue the act of being comfortable; to live new moments that make the final cut when we connect the dots in our movie called life.
Inspire humanity. Push us further.
This soup of thought doesn’t have a structure, beginning or ending, it is also not original since it came from several synapses I have been reading about and experiencing as of late. I just thought it would be cool to share.
Arturo San Vicente