I sit here and type. Sometimes I have inspiration and sometimes its a slog. I do it because I love when ideas come rushing in. It’s like the end of the Usual Suspects when everything comes together. Its powerful and rewarding.
Good mysteries are fulfilling because we have to hunt for clues. They are rarely obvious and they are as much a study of logic and circumstance as anything else. It’s in our DNA to problem solve this way.
For this reason I’m optimistic about the long term future. The connectedness of the world is bringing figurative detectives together, each with their own clues, to solve problems. Ideas have a better chance to grow. Incremental improvements are good, but we are after leaps forward.
Take this chart from CNNMoney.com about Cisco’s prediction on the expansion of the internet.
And check out these videos from Steven Johnson about where ideas come from. The first one is a short artistic explanation and the second is a TED Talk. I really enjoy the story at the end.