Connecting dots: launching ideas that will change the world (Tim O’Reilly)

In a Q&A with Tim O’Reilly on Launching Ideas That Will Change the World in 99U‘s new book Make Your Mark, O’Reilly responds to a question about entrepreneurs wanting to make an impact:

O’Reilly continues this thought:

You have an idea about the way the world ought to be. You have a theory about why and how you are going to connect the dots.

That’s the line that really got me. The idea of connecting dots hooked me emotionally. One of my frequent frustrations as one who translates everything through a creative grid is that there are so very many “dots” that feel part of me that don’t seem to connect. Whenever several dots do connect, it feels as though something mystical has just happened. The world is a little bit more “right” in that moment. But this passive posture has been slowly changing in me.

O’Reilly’s comment above, and his own example as an entrepreneur, awakened me to a new perspective of the dots, a more active vision—and new questions to explore. What if I could have more than a vision for the dots themselves, but for their integration? …a vision of bringing together things that others tend to see as completely separate? This idea, for me, feels like getting closer to the core of my design.

It’s the difference between being a musician who also has a vision for what others are playing and becoming a composer or conductor whose role is to have and act on the fuller vision. If such an analogy is right, it would seem I need to find a way to set down the instruments I’ve been playing in order to step up to the platform and see the bigger picture.

Do you see dots that don’t seem like they should be connected, but you believe the world would be better if they were? (I’d love to read your thoughts below, and be inspired together…)

Interact: @benhuh Your piece @medium is inspiring. Too many of us downplay hardship. Authenticity should be our brand. You’re paving a new way. Thx!

Interact: Though their initial vision often fails or get ignored, entrepreneurs bleed for the moment when a product finally enters the world. @benhuh

Interact: “Friction wears down dreams. Speed is a huge advantage in any business. We…want to go from idea to launch as quickly as possible.” @benhuh