This is neat. There’s a special kind of concrete called Topmix Permeable that acts like a giant sponge to soak up as much as 880 gallons of water per minute. The material permits water to drain through the voids to prevent the puddles you’d see created on ordinary concrete.
It seems like a practicable solution to prevent urban flooding and cars from hydroplaning on the highway.
Good things take time. If we all settled for immediate results, there would be no Apple, Amazon, or Tesla.
The world’s best leaders are visionaries. They work years ahead, having planted the seeds for what’s happening now to springboard them into the future.
When asked what he thinks when analysts congratulate him on a good quarter, Jeff Bezos said:
“Those quarterly results were fully baked three years ago. Today I’m working on a quarter that will happen in 2020, not next quarter. Next quarter is done already and it’s probably been done for a couple years…If we have a good quarter it’s because of work we did 3, 4, 5 years ago. It’s not because we did a good job this quarter.”
I’m no longer amazed by technology and social media, which the former makes possible. We live in the era of Murphy’s Law where the processor doubles every 6 months. When Elon Musk introduced Hyperloop, it made sense, a big egg that shoots you on a smooth roller coaster ride from city to city in no time. Apple’s iWatch is an extension of the smartphone but it’s made for the wrist.
But the Smartphone, now that was groundbreaking. You mean I can carry around a computer on the go in my pocket? Everything after that is merely an extension of “smart.” Smart machines like Nest are just an extension of the Internet of things. Cars are ripe to be made “smart.”
Everything that gets created today is a transformation of something that already exists. I’m not belittling incremental innovation. What I’m saying is that I’m not surprised these innovations are happening. They’re the logical next step.
Whatever we dream can become a reality for us. So can what we predict. Just look at what came before us, reshape it, and then magnify it.
There isn’t a perfect time, place, nor medium to write out your ideas. The most important thing is to write it down or sketch it out as the first step toward execution.
Starting is so easy but seems to be the hardest thing for people to do. We can’t write the future until we write it ourselves first. And then we can test, tweak, market, and sell the idea to see it actually works. Turning an idea into a legitimate business is the hardest part.
Guessing the future is easier than writing it. Steve Job did both. He knew what people wanted and built it for them.
Most people are either one of the other: analyst/forecaster or developer. The analysts’ information generally direct the developers what to do, mostly because the developers just want to do the work. They want to think in code. But you can’t waste a developer’s time building something outdated.
Research and development flock together, ideally as one, where forward thinking meets predictive doing.
You have to be a little irrational to get what you want. If you’re too practical, you may curb your chances from the start.
The whole point is to at least give it a shot, not because you’ll achieve exactly to your wishes but because you’ll be motivated to keep pushing forward.
Playing in the NBA is a pipe dream for most of us. But by playing basketball you may acquire the leadership and motivation to move on to coaching or take what you learned and apply it to something else like another sport, job, or side project.
The whole point is to build up enough confidence to take action, to persist a little bit, but also to identify your strengths and see new opportunities. Your job is to find the gaps and build up the courage to fill them in.
You have to be somewhat unrealistic to give anything a shot otherwise you’ll hesitate and hold back. You’re just shooting to make a point to yourself that anything is possible if you believe in the unbelievable.