When a Great Idea strikes out of the blue, it is tied in some metaphysical way to all that effort we’ve put in day after day churning through a mass of mundane notions.
Wonderful meditation on why “the best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas” by Scott Myers over at Go Into The Story, which is invariably excellent.
This notion was perhaps best articulated by iconic graphic designer Paula Scher, and powerfully intimated by 20-year-old Hunter S. Thompson. Or, as artist Austin Kleon put it, “you are a mashup of what you let into your life.”(via explore-blog)
In other words, the gene-centric model survives because simplicity is a hugely advantageous trait for an idea to possess. People will select a simple idea over a complex idea almost every time. This holds especially in a hostile environment, like, say, a sceptical crowd. For example, Sean B Carroll, professor of molecular biology and genetics at the University of Wisconsin, spends much of his time studying gene expression, but usually uses gene-centric explanations, because when talking to the public, he finds a simple story is a damned good thing to have.
When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.
…when MIT researchers spent an entire year following 2,600 employees, observing their social ties, even using mathematical formulas to analyze the size and scope of their address books and buddy lists, they found that the more socially connected the IBM employees were, the better they performed. They could even quantify the difference: On average, every e-mail contact was worth an added $948 in revenue.
The best predictor of team success is not smarts or effort — it’s how team members feel about one another.
Compelling (quantifiable) evidence supports the value of social ties at work.
But in fact, great projects, like great careers and relationships that last, are gardens. They are tended, they shift, they grow. They endure over time, gaining a personality and reflecting their environment. When something dies or fades away, we prune, replant and grow again. Perfection and polish aren’t nearly as important as good light, good drainage and a passionate gardener.
What I hope for you:
That you combine that edgy mixture of self-confidence and doubt.
That you have enough self-confidence to try new things.
That you have enough self doubt to question.
That you think of technology as a verb, not a noun; it is subtle but important difference.
That you remember the issues are usually not technical.
That you create opportunities to improvise.