Innovation Vs. Time: A Plateau In The Graph

Innovation Vs. Time: A Plateau In The Graph

Our lack of creativity is dragging the economy downward.

As society has progressed, innovation has become more and more scarce, and innovators have become a rare breed that typically go unrecognized and underappreciated. More people are working in service industries than ever before, when what the world really needs is people with fresh ideas creating and inventing new industries to stimulate our shriveling economy- people like Elon Musk, one of today's most innovative businesses owners.

Mr. Elon Musk has not only reinvented one industry, but three. He has created the only private space company to ever return a spacecraft from Earth's orbit (SpaceX), he has changed the game for electric vehicles (Tesla), and he has greatly expanded the renewable energy industry by co-founding the #1 solar provider in America (SolarCity), but his ideas do not stop there. Elon's long-term goal for his businesses collectively is to change the world and humanity in a positive way by eliminating the threats of global warming through sustainability, and reducing the risk of human extinction by creating a "multi-planetary" society with a human colony on Mars. Elon Musk has created over 10,000 jobs through his multiple businesses and has put over 50,000 zero-emission, electric vehicles on the road. Many people have compared him to Steve Jobs, and for good reason. He wakes up every day and runs businesses that have the capability to improve millions of lives, while most of us can barely think beyond what we should eat for breakfast or how many episodes of "The Bachelor" we can binge watch in one day.

People like Mr. Musk were not always the rarity that they have become today. There was a time in our history when people like Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell walked the Earth, spreading their creativity. As time progressed, technology evolved consequently until we reached the stagnant innovative plateau where we currently reside. All of the low-hanging fruit on the tree of innovation has been delicately plucked by our forefathers, leaving behind the hard to reach fruit way up at the top, and very few people brave enough to reach for it.

It is my hope that our generation will be the one to spark a new wave of creativity and innovation throughout the world. I encourage everybody to look beyond the life that is right in front of them and see the bigger picture - to think, grow and create each and every day. We need more Elons in this world; we need more innovators. We need more people to be brave enough to reach for the highest fruit with the confidence that they will not fail and the ability to bounce back if they do

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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