Curiosity and experimentation create innovation.
Innovation gets rewarded, at its peak today with the Facebook IPO.
But Facebook’s innovation all seems kind of robotic. Nothing truly innovative has really come out of Facebook the last couple years. All its innovation is copied (e.g. check-ins) and brought to its masses or simply bought.
Questioning the modus operandi is not in Facebook’s blood. It reminds me of an article I read this morning about an American soccer playing trying to make it in Brazil.
As we spent the next hour taking turns at bending kicks at an imaginary target, I was amazed at how enthusiastic he was about all the ways to strike the ball. The curiosity he had was startling. While I ran extra drills to sharpen certain movements, young Brazilians were always thinking of new moves that nobody had seen before. And because of that constant exploration, they never got tired of the game.
The key to success is doing the everyday things well but more importantly trying new stuff with enthusiasm. Boredom and emulation are the enemy.
Apple and Google enjoy the beautiful tech game more than Facebook. They are thinkers and pioneers bettering the world through product and interconnectivity. Facebook’s thinking is stale.
The real value in Facebook is having fun and acting unpredictably creative. And that starts with thinking differently.