Ongoing research for future work has led me to re-discover the history of General Baden-Powell’s Scout Law which was originally published in the 1908 volume Scouting for Boys. For more than a century, Scouts and Guides around the world have taken this oath to live up to the ideals of the movement. It’s wonderful in it’s simplicity and timelessness.
At the Lab, we often use the term radically practical, exploring solutions that achieve this balance between totally game-changing and actually feasible. To be radically practical, one must allow their brain to ping-pong equally between the knowledge experience gives us and the genuine, raw curiosity, reserved for the most eager.
But in an era obsessed with productivity and efficiency, making time and space for the latter can prove arduous. How do we find the balance? How do you find balance?
A recent blog post appeared on Good.is written by Andrew Benedict-Nelson of Insight Labs. I’ve read it twice now to ensure that I’ve actually and accurately gathered the point. And the point, insofar as I understand it, is this: Want to make a difference in the world and in the lives of others? Good. Great. Just don’t expect a/any career path to guide you towards such a pursuit. Astonishing.
If you’re not doing something that somebody doesn’t like, you’re probably not doing anything all too interesting.
Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.
– Daniel Burnham, American Architect