Do you ever have thoughts about how you could use one innovator’s ideas to build upon your own innovation?
In this InvENting 101, we’re going to talk about inspiration that is all around us and how you can use the innovative tools of the past to build your innovation for the future.
Remember in Back to the Future II when Marty freezes when the giant 3-D shark jumps out at him and later running from the hooligans on a customized hover-board? Well, that movie inspired many future inventors to create the future of their wildest dreams. Creating these new advances that elevate humankind takes consistent innovation.
So, what inspires you to use innovation to change the world around us?
It can be difficult to come up with the next big thing when you’re always pushing yourself to be the first with a brand new idea. The thing is, though, that rarely is something truly original. More than likely, it’s built on the foundation of greatness already achieved. Free yourself from the burden of “originality,” realizing that it’s a myth!
“[Take] from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to [build] from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work … will be authentic.” —Jim Jarmusch
If inventing really is an art, then why not borrow from the artists’ handbook. Artists observe the world around them to create something new and useful, while adding their own little flair. Take from your personal, work or social lives a little bit each day to build a list of ideas that you can ruminate on, always letting them take the twists and turns necessary to invent that simple, but valued answer to a problem.
Look around you and find the little things that add obstacles to your daily routine. Try to envision a simple, yet effective solution to a specific problem. Look back and see if anyone else has attempted to solve it before. Then, put that big inventor’s brain to work and go further. Contributing your unique perspective and insights to come up with something even better.
It pays to never stop moving forward. Always keep striving. Always keep testing your limits and trying to make something better for the world around you. The next generation needs your talent and your ingenuity. We’re in the fight of our lives to improve and sustain what’s already been built.
Do your part and never slouch in your duties to yourself and your fellow man.
Get out there and invENt something great!
Kleon, Austin. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative . Workman Publishing Company.