Some thoughts on imagination.
Though it’s popular to encourage the imagination, I wonder if many of us really find the imagination valuable. The imagination can be dangerous, for the new things that it produces always create an insecurity in what has come before.
What the imagination creates today can make what it created yesterday, irrelevant — or so it can seem.
The imagination can lead to the slaying of our sacred cows.
And so what if we are what came before? Or what if our product — our thing — is what was created yesterday?
We can go from someone singing the praises of imagination to the person married to the product of their imagination’s past — mistrusting anything that could replace it or lure away its fans.
The way to make something better is often by making it different.
This may always feel like a judgement to the supporters of the here and now, even though, at its most pure, the imagination is not antagonistic.
If we are humble, trusting, and secure — if we have not tied our identity to a product, a model, a system — then imagination and the possibility of innovation will appear bright to us.
If we are proud, insecure, and cynical — if we have attached our identity to a product, a model, a system — then imagination and the possibility of innovation will appear dark to us.
Imagination — as the fuel of innovation— is harvested in soil rich with humility, trust, security, and the commitment to putting others needs above our own.
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This is Dose #120.