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The Right Idea At The Wrong Time – Letting Great Ideas Simmer While The World Catches Up

“There is a saying that every nice piece of work needs the right person in the right place at the right time.”

— Benoit Mandelbrot

History is chock-full of great ideas that were left by the wayside simply because the technology to create them weren’t in place, they weren’t practical enough or that the world just wasn’t ready.

Take a look at just a few of the examples below:

  1. Leonardo da Vinci’s helicopter.
  2. Nikola Tesla predicting the smartphone.
  3. Street View of Aspen in the 1970’s.
  4. Bell’s PicturePhone that could’ve given us broadband & internet in the 1950’s & 60’s.

Leonardo's HelicopterPretty cool, but it ain’t no “Airwolf”.

All of these things have been built upon since then and today are things we practically take for granted.

It’s easy for us to see the limitations of today’s technology and think that certain things just can’t be accomplished. We’ve all come across the negative Nelly who’s told us that it just isn’t practical. Hell, we might even be the ones telling it to ourselves.

The thing is that we don’t know what breakthroughs are hiding right around the corner. If we look back just 10 years there are plenty of things we didn’t have back then that we have now.

Right now we’re slowly approaching the end of the year. Well, at least according to the Gregorian calendar. The most common format used across the world. This wasn’t always so.

While the idea is old it’s gone through several iterations throughout the ages. It’s adopted characteristics from various formats and cultures to arrive at this point. Our measurement of time has gone so far that we now even have a leap second.

Aztec CalendarWow! That’s awesome, Etalpalli! Really great! But, um, where’s the leap second?

It’s great that we want the best possible solution. Barring that a poor solution is better than none. At least with a bad solution we have something we can improve.

My point is this, while we might not be able to create the most ultimate version of whatever it is want to put out into the world it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t atleast put out a prototype or a subpar version of it.

That way at least we leave something for future generations to build upon. And those are the people who will have the resources at their disposal to make it a reality.

Have you had some ideas or projects in your mind that just weren’t viable 10–15 years ago? Are they possible today? Have you actually created any of them? What would need to happen in order for them to become viable?

Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!

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