“Experimentation? It’s the root of all innovation!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
So I did a thing yesterday – for the sole purpose of seeing if I could do this thing. It had me doing my live video from within a whole series of different screens – laptops, mobile devices, billboards, street signs, TV’s….
The purpose of it wasn’t anything more than to learn how to do something new to expand my virtual kit bag, and to push my new main new home broadcast computer to the limits.
On both counts, I succeeded.
You’ll only get ahead in a new and complex future if you do the things which will help to take you into that future. It’s only by trying to do the things you have’t done before that you’ll be able to do those things. And it only by working to enhance your knowledge, skills and capabilities that you become prepared for all the new realities that the future might toss your way tomorrow.
These aren’t just empty phrases – they are truisms, and form the foundation of your skill set going forward. One of my favourite quotes of all time comes from the educator Lewis Perlman, and I often used it on stage:
Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century.
My virtual efforts have become the embodiment of that concept, and I try to live it each and every day.
You should too!