Innovation. The Optimist's Response to Challenge.
Some might say that innovators are most often hopeless optimists, so much so that they may even at times be prone to becoming detached from reality as they become intensely focused on their own inventions. I have tried as best I can to innovate by creating solutions where my own life presents me with challenges. Naturally, my efforts have been met with varying degrees of failure and success but especially later in life, I have derived as much pleasure from the process of creating than the final product of my efforts.
I’ve begun to believe that we humans make the world better as much by our efforts to improve ourselves and the world around us than by the actual, ultimate success of those efforts. It’s not that I’ve tried to “change the world” so much as I’ve just tried to “do better” by working toward making whatever improvements I can toward solving the challenges that I’ve been fortunate enough to encounter in my own life.
As lonely as this path may seem at times, I have realized that this is seldom the reality of the innovative process. My own experience suggests that committing to meaningful projects often attracts meaningful people and that getting anything worthwhile done is seldom a solo effort. This may be because from a certain perspective each of our challenges, as unique as they may seem to us at times, are actually challenges that we share with others.
That said, I sincerely hope that you find benefit from the challenges I’m currently facing in form of the various projects I’m fortunate to be involved in (described on this site). I believe the best is definitely ahead for those of us working toward making things a little better.