We owe it to ourselves to walk the unpaved road and create something that future generations will deem a burgeoning age of innovation and creativity. I can’t help but think about where our society was a century ago. The 1920s was a booming decade with innovations that led to the age of electricity, the assembly line, the airplane, the washing machine, radio, television, the automobile, and Harlem Renaissance to name a few (my very obvious plug for black history). I’d like to simply state that 100 years ago, entrepreneurship and creativity was inundating our society. The decade of the 1920s forever changed the trajectory of humanity. When I think of this decade that we are starting (2020), I am sure that there are many visionaries on the brink of discovering or creating something that will change this century. I hope we will allow our curious, bright-eyed, creative, hopeful, visionary selves to come out and play! We owe it to our predecessors that did it 100 years ago.
I get that it can be absolutely terrifying, and gut churning to walk down a road less traveled. The accounts of what to expect are fittingly few, and the whispers of success are too far for you to truly grasp what’s ahead. I think, as a society, we are a bit too risk averse. We tread on roads well-traveled because we are guaranteed results. Uncovering new territories can feel like walking a dark road with too few lamp posts to light the path. I recognize that feeling. Yeeeeaaarrrrs ago, I came to this country with $800, and a little bit of faith that it would all work out. That's it. The driving thought that kept me afloat was faith in placing one foot in front of the next .
The jitters can be quite overwhelming when charting new territories. But to manage those “butterflies”, and terrifying thoughts that try to push you backwards, you must remember why you took the leap in the first place. What propelled you on this new journey. We have a history to rely on, which assures us that innovation will lead us to a more fulfilling destination. A destination that will be preceded by a journey ripe with lessons, and beautiful moments. I am excited (and have a tiny bit of trepidation) for what lies ahead in 2020. Hopefully, you’ll join me in taking the leap, creating a new path, one step at a time.