I find myself wondering from time to time, about the why of things. I learned in a class long ago, that why drives what and how. In that concept is an important thing for me, why is the reason you do, what and how is the delivery. It is easy to stand back and note that someone else isn’t delivering their what and how the way you would. But you don’t have access to their why. Sometimes why people do things means they do them differently.
My daughter and I spent a lot of time researching and evaluating scanners before we decided on the Epson Perfection scanner. We probably spent many more hours researching than we needed to, but our goal was to reduce the amount of time required for our family history project while having the media flexibility of scanning pictures and slides. The why drove what and how going forward and well one of the reasons why I am talking about that today.
The path to your why in technology is often critical. For me, it often sees what I can do with the things that are available now. It isn’t about cutting corners, but it can be. The end game for me is as a technologist I am into new. As a person, I have always pushed the edges of possibility. It does often cause me to trip and fall from time to time.
I spend a lot of time talking about the great products that come out of chasing the possible. I don’t mention some of the epic failures. 19 times I have backed a project on Indiegogo that was a rip off from the minute I paid. Why? The creators had no intention of building anything. I have missed on quite a few things, but like coaches, all tell you if you don’t swing you will never hit the ball. I keep swinging because I’ve hit the ball quite a few times so far!