“The key to success is to risk thinking unconventional thoughts. Convention is the enemy of progress. As long as you’ve got slightly more perception than the average wrapped loaf, you could invent something.”
-Trevor Baylis, inventor, quoted in Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind
More than ever, the world needs creative thinkers and innovators. Our social and business problems are so immense that following someone else’s well-worn path won’t lead to great opportunities. It’ll lead to more of what is known and already being done.
The quiet, insistent voice inside us saying to do that ‘crazy,’ new thing is the voice of wisdom.
We each need to follow the path of this voice.
In “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” poet T.S. Eliot beautifully expressed this opportunity.
And indeed there will be time
To wonder, “Do I dare?” and “Do I dare?”. . .
Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
We can trundle along, walking the safe path. In my past, I know I have. I didn’t bring my passion for poetry into my work life. I kept it separate and hidden.
But the world needs poetry and all it represents more than ever. It needs poetry to help us wake up to do something that matters.
And it needs people who don’t artificially separate their passions from their work life.