ReFramed: The First Steps


In our journey to walk across this bridge, we must embrace ourselves by setting out our first steps. In order to get to the other side, we have to break our troubles down one step at a time.  For example, in this 21st century, technology and innovations are unanimous in the society. Great creators and inventors are always figuring out their problems to produce something that other people would need and value.  Take Steve Jobs for example. He didn’t just start off his career by creating iPhones and iPads right away. He started off with a large, bulky, slow Macintosh. Back in the days, people liked it and appreciated it with awe. Those were his first steps. Later on, he didn’t give up and quit. He wasn’t scared of what he was going to face on the other side of the bridge. Instead, he embraced it and learned from every mistake that he has made. He saw that from his old creations, they can be improved and changed to be better.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” -Steve Jobs

Before inventors create a product, they have to throw out random ideas to create something that the society doesn’t have. Whether it is bad ideas or good ones, they can always lead to a successful one. For instance, one idea about having a multi-tasking stapler(Stapler+Tape+ Glue Stick) can automatically lead to a Pink toy/utility-unicorn with a mouth as a stapler, a tail as a tape dispenser, and horns as a glue stick. That is the first step to innovation. In this “What If” project that my English class and I are doing, we are trying to come up with ways to benefit and contribute to the community. We call it “Idea Farming (IF)” In our first steps to be brilliant innovators, we do this task where we throw in a bunch of random ideas. We call it “Bad Idea Farming” and what this does is that it gives us some choices that can be improved upon.

Is it crucial and necessary for us to break down our obstacles and try to eliminate it one by one by take one step at a time.


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