All of history’s greatest figures achieved success in almost exactly the same way. But rather than celebrating this part of the creative process we ignore it.
This missing chapter in the story of success reveals the secret to doing meaningful work. But in the modern world, full of distraction, do we have what it takes to do great things?
All Alone in the Night - Time-lapse footage of the Earth as seen from the ISS
Capitalism needs people to have moments of schizophrenia, where their personal identities are in flux
Over the long term, the future is decided by optimists
Thirty years later the internet feels saturated, bloated, overstuffed with apps, platforms, devices, and more than enough content to demand our attention for the next million years. Even if you could manage to squeeze in another tiny innovation, who would notice it?
But, but…here is the thing. In terms of the internet, nothing has happened yet. The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning.
If we could climb into a time machine and journey 30 years into the future, and from that vantage look back to today, we’d realize that most of the greatest products running the lives of citizens in 2044 were not invented until after 2014.
People in the future will look at their holodecks, and wearable virtual reality contact lenses, and downloadable avatars, and AI interfaces, and say, oh, you didn’t really have the internet (or whatever they’ll call it) back then.
What you may not have realized is that today truly is a wide open frontier. It is the best time EVER in human history to begin.
You are not late!
With all those modern devices at our hand, we can travel back and forth not only in time but also in space.
Discovery channel can take you lightyears back to the era of dinosaurs, Google Maps can teleport you to the 73rd floor of Burj Kalifa, thanks to Skype you can sit in Cambodia and dine with your boy/girl-friend who are freezing their butts off somewhere in Europe.