A few days ago, one of my close friend made a statement that took me by surprise. He said that the world was lacking original idea. I rebutted his statement by saying that everyday there are so many startup producing different products so how could there be a lack of original idea?
Later on that day, I went to do some research on the statement and found out that he might be right. A high percentage of startups were replicating other companies’ product. The key difference between a successful ones and those that are not lies in the execution. To name a few, the recent top app “Draw Something” and the classical search giant “Google” did not originated from them. True, many would argue that they include additional features that makes them original. However, for simplicity, I categorized them to be the same based only on the core product.
This finding intrigues me even more. I remembered watching a video about Ken Robinson telling how schools kill creativity and ponder if this was the main reason why the world might have a lack in original idea. In the video, Ken argues that the education system has educated us out of our creativity cell.
For instance, a child who has not attended school would say that 1+1 = 3 . I could tell from those who are reading this post would say that it is WRONG. How could 1+1 = 3? Personally, I would have done the same. However, why would 1+1 not equal to 3? To the mind of the child, he shows the creativity we educated ones lacked of. We often are too conscious of our mistakes that we deliberately make an effort to follow the path we were taught was correct. Furthermore, the education system engraved us with many of their “RIGHT” knowledge.
Personally, I am starting to understand the statement that my friend made. While it is not an extremely bad trend for the community, it shows why there are a lack of original idea compared to a decade ago where educated people were hard to come by.