‘[T]he most important telltale factor is the development of a simple and elegant user interface – a gateway of effortless interaction.’*
Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler are introducing the Gartner Hype Cycle, which is used to identify the delusion of hope surrounding a technology, followed by disillusionment, and finally the maturing of a technology towards its significant adoption.
What they are offering here could well describe someone’s journey of development.
And, at the end of all our journeying, we return to the beginning and know that place for the first time – this is not the same as happy ever after … . Have you noticed how difficult it is to finish a movie? So many endings feel a let-down following the journey the movie has taken us on.
Is this all there is?
No, there is another beginning.
Perhaps we are hoping for happy endings when we need to be noticing the new beginnings?
“Many more adventures awaited Jason. While some of those adventures were heroic, others were tragic. But the future was the future.”**
An idea or desire is triggered within us and we set out on a journey with great expectations, but as reality sets in, and we realise it’s going to be harder than we thought, our memories begin to play tricks with us. We forget the reason we set out on the journey was because we were discontented or were in an impossible place or were bored stiff – or something like that and we become disillusioned. If we can overcome this and keep moving, then we’ll arrive at a place that provides a new beginning.
What we need to keep journeying every day is a simple and elegant user interface – a way of telling, reconnecting every day to our story, so that we keep moving. After all is said and done, we are journey people.
‘[S]tories work because we’re not sure. We’re half there, half not. This might work. This might not work. The tension of maybe.’^
(*From Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler’s Bold.)
(**The tale of Jason and the Argonauts, told by Josepha Sherman, quoted in Chris Guillebeau’s The Happiness of Pursuit.)
(^From Seth Godin’s blog for today.)