How noticing all the subtle changes in the world can help you find your inspiration
"WE PERCEIVE AND ARE AFFECTED BY CHANGES TOO SUBTLE TO BE DESCRIBED."
By noticing the little changes that are happening and thinking about the difference they might make, you open up the door for future creative ideas. Noticing subtle shifts in trends or technology can open up new creative pathways to lead you to further opportunity.
Little changes, big differences
"We perceive and are affected by changes too subtle to be described." Henry David Thoreau
Ever move away from somewhere and then come back years later and find yourself astounded by how much things have changed since you have been away? Yet, the people who have stayed there seem to have hardly even noticed that the place has undergone such a massive transformation over the years. This is because the changes over time were so slow and subtle that the transformation sort of crept up on them.
Even in this age of fast paced, digitized changes, it is sometimes hard to notice the subtle changes and how greatly they affect us down the line. Just as the slow eon paced drifting of the tectonic plates produces mountain ranges and new continents, the slow and subtle shifting of the world around us can lead to monumental changes in the future that most people will never see coming.
However, people who do notice these subtle changes around them and ponder the significance, open up their minds to many creative opportunities. Just like a sly investor who notices a slight shift in the market and seizes upon a business opportunity, a creative person who notices a new trend or technological development can end up exploring a brand new creative and artistic niche.
Take the fashion industry for example. A hat designer who notices a new subtle shift in how people wear their hats on the street, might come up with a whole new design concept that could turn the world of haberdashery on its head. Or a dress maker who notices the way cell phones are evolving and find a way to incorporate a perfect sized pocket for the cell phone of the future in their new fall lineup.
By keeping your eyes open and noticing how the world changes can lead to many different types of opportunities. Next time you notice a new trend or new technology, try to imagine how it might make a difference in the future. Or, think about something in the world today, such as the music industry, and how the subtle technological changes (digital copies, music sharing web sites, ipods) that have occurred through the years have totally transformed it. Opening your eyes to all the subtle shifts will make you more aware of the creative opportunities that are lying in wait for you.