Take some creative baby steps...


The ordinary things we have are amazingly useful and that makes trying to think up new things that much harder. Look at the things we take for granted – smartphones and 5G technology that brings the IT of everything to our fingertips, video meetings and conferencing that brought the world and work into our homes during this pandemic year, super computers that made these new vaccines possible in record time, Amazon deliveries almost as fast as we can order, and social media that connects us whether we like it or not. To our grandparents, air travel and electricity were the miracles of their generation; to our parents, putting a man on the moon ushered in the world of computers that changed their generation; and for us, those past miracles keep on spawning newer and more amazing things. So much is created every year that we tend to take innovation itself for granted. Stop; look around at the things you take for granted: somebody dreamed them up and, if they can dream, then so can you. Look for something small that you can improve upon and let your creative juices flow. If you lack some of the technical or mechanical skills, there are lots of people who can help. Start small.  Take creative baby steps. Keep dreaming. If you can improve one thing, think how many more you might change. Don’t take anything for granted today.

 

Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875):  Danish author and a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, poems and fairy tales