Friday, December 12, 2008

job search notes: the moment of insight

The magic feeling at the moment of insight, when the last piece falls into place, comes for two reasons. The first reason is that it's the reward for many hours (or years) of investment coming together. In comparison to the simple act of fitting the puzzle piece into place, we feel the larger collective payoff of hundreds of pieces of work. The second reason is that innovative work isn't as predictable as jigsaw puzzles, so there's no way to know when the moment of insight will come: it's like a surprise. Like hiking up a strange mountain through cold, heavy fog, you never know how much further you have to go to reach the top. When suddenly the air clears and you're at the summit, it's overwhelming. You hoped it was coming but you couldn't be certain when or if it would happen, and the emotional payoff is hard to match (explaining both why people climb mountains as well as why they invent new things).

Innovation, very much like finding new work.

Do you agree? or disagree?

Quotation from Scott Berkun's The Myths of Innovation

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