Watched Interstellar yesterday and without spoiling anything about the movie, a few thoughts. Our entire existence will innovate at a faster speed than ever. From space travel technology to the way we grow our food in labs. Everything will look completely different to what we are accustomed to today. Except for beer bottles. Brewing companies will still be stuck in the past for eternity. When it comes to the vessel they will use to package malted barley, hops, yeast and water. It will be the same recognisable look and shape we know today. That, and hospitals will look like an Apple store, complete with white clean design and glass everywhere. Come to think of it, the future might already be here. Burgers are being grown in labs, hospitals already look like Apple stores. And at the rate companies like SpaceX are innovating, taking a trip might just take on a whole new meaning in a few years time. It remains a brilliant movie and well worth the close to three hours of your life this outing will cost you.
Something interesting in Interstellar was that we are here to be memories to others. Which got me thinking about the following.
Our greatest challenge as humans aren't to find the "who we are". Nor the "why we are". The greatest challenge is answering the "how to implement your who and why". In fact, the choices of "how" you want to live your life is so great, it is akin to a dog that has caught a car and not sure what to do with it once it has done so. There is so much advice and ideas and tools and structures out there that we are lucky enough to have at our disposal.
But there is always a fear present of choosing a less than ideal “how” to live your life. You do after all, only get one shot at this life. I know from more personal experience than what I would like to admit to, this fear is what stops you dead in your tracks. I personally have a ton of “who” and "why” that are already clear to me. Yet it is the “how” that is keeping me from taking action. The question of "where to start?” has killed more dreams and motivations than what old age ever will.
Getting things done, even with a less than ideal “how”, is 100% more fun than being a perfectionist at getting nothing done. And the best thing about it is, if your “how” is failing, the only thing you need to do to fix it is to do things in a different way. Starting today. Sunk cost will rear its head at this point and will most probably convince you that tomorrow is the day.
100% more fun than being a perfectionist at getting nothing done
The key is to look to some stars. Find the Elon Musk's of the world and look at "how" they go about implementing their "who" and "why". Let them be the memories that motivate you to take action. And be o.k with the idea that if it is turns out to be the less than ideal choice, you just have to start today to fix it.
If you had to press reset on your "how" today, what would be different about how you get things done? And who are your stars you would learn from for motivation?