Monday, September 9, 2013

the feeling of making something really new

A lot of things get called "innovation" these days. This is problematic, because it blurs the meaning of making something really new. If you're doing something that's been done before, even if it's new for you, you have some examples. For better or worse, you have a kind of familiar landscape to work within.

When you really step out into the unknown, the feeling is different. Whether that feeling is one of danger, fear, excitement, calm, or even joy will depend on each person. For me personally, it's often a combination of things, but one that stands out is engagement, the feeling of being deeply focused.

Maybe if none of these feelings are present, you're not really doing something new...

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