Friday, March 30, 2012

dreaming, doing, contributing

I just read 
by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler.

The authors' opening anecdote of a goldsmith who brought an unusual dinner plate to the court of Emperor Tiberius has stayed in my brain.

The goldsmith proudly displayed to the Roman Emperor Tiberius a shiny plate he’d made from a new metal extracted from clay (aluminum) using a secret method only he understood.

The emperor was indeed impressed: He saw this new shiny metal as a possible threat to the value of his large gold and silver stockpiles, so instead of rewarding the goldsmith, he had him beheaded.

The authors’ point is that it's not about resources, it's about access. Eventually, aluminum became dirt-cheap, thanks to advances in technology and we now use it with a 'throw-away' mentality. 

History is littered with once rare resources made plentiful with innovation. Technology is a resource-liberating mechanism.
I keep coming back to the idea that creative ideas are our ultimate resource... and teaching our children how to nourish their creativity and curiosity, is the best way to prepare them to "liberate" that resource.
Abundance is about creating a world of possibility. A world where everyone's days are spent dreaming, doing, and contributing.

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