I believe the future belongs to the brave, to the explorers, the learners, the dreamers, the doers. They are the reason we are here today; a moment in time when ideas are the pollen waiting to flourish where anything is possible. A time when incessant curiosity followed by innovation has never been faster in replacing outdated products and processes.
Take for example the automobile; it’s been nearly 210 years since François Isaac de Rivaz designed the first car powered by an internal combustion engine. The general premise of the car hasn’t changed much since its inception; a fossil-fuel burning motor propelling four wheels forward.
Now compare that with the past five years. The rapid evolution we are seeing in the automobile industry is not coming from the industry itself, but instead, from outsiders questioning what is possible. Questions that are audacious in nature and not beholden to the past. Questions that start with curiosity; the wonder that we all had as children.
It’s this curiosity that has been preserved in a few of us to follow through even if we know the probable outcome is failure. It’s the wonder in the unknown, in the discovery of something new, that drives creativity and innovation. It’s the questions that move us forward.
Eighteen years ago, Larry Page and Sergey Brin followed their curiosity and came up with the answer that would become Google. Nine years ago Steven P. Jobs followed his curiosity and introduced the world to the iPhone. And just today, Elon Musk unveiled the result of his curiosity in the form of a film showing us his vision for an interplanetary transport system. All because of the transformative power of curiosity.
This inherent curiosity is quite common among “T-shaped” people; the vertical bar on the T represents the depth of skill of a person while the horizontal bar represents a broad understanding of many disciplines. For example: My vertical bar in the T is creativity and design, while the horizontal bar represents my interest in making things, coding and above all my insatiable curiosity. And as I know from experience, following through on curiosity can lead to unforeseeable greatness.