When Bob Dylan walked onstage at the Newport Folk Festival with an electric guitar, people thought the world was ending. But of course it was simply the next evolution in music.
I’m old enough to remember when we thought Hill Street Blues and LA Law were breakthrough television. Which at the time, they were. Now if you watch Game of Thrones, The Wire, or The Sopranos, you think how quaint those old shows really were.
There was a time we thought Evel Knievel performed the most death-defying stunts ever attempted. Now you can see at least ten exploits more daring in an hour of watching a half-pipe competition. What we’re witnessing here is the natural evolution of process, when each generation of work and people builds upon the shoulders on the previous one, in ever-increasing levels of accomplishment.
Which of course, brings us back to YOU…
If you look back at what you were doing five or ten years ago – are you reaching new breakthroughs that make your previous exploits appear tame – or have you been just phoning it in?