The properties of a Path Creator are: Pace, Focus Friends and Patience
To discover the world I like to run.
Whether I am in a new town or on holidays, I believe it’s a good way to get to know the environment (and stay healthy at the same time ;-)). Also when I’m running from the house I like to discover new paths. On one on my runs I had an interesting metaphor.
Innovation is creating paths in the wilderness
Old paths are just there. Everyone takes them, so the ground is worn and the surface flat. Even in the dark, just a little moonshine lights up the light colour of the path. That is easy and relaxed running. At any pace.
The thing with new paths is that they’re new.
Therefore they are not there. It’s a potential path.
A potential path is just a very attractive area. To create a path means running from where you are to some point at the horizon. The point of freedom, freshness, new things, an adventure!
But because there’s no path, the ground is rough, rocky and unequal. The grass is high and robust and the risk of twisting an ankle or trip is always present.
That’s also why other people are not running there. They are afraid of the unfamiliar and the risk of twisting an ankle or fall over on the face.
It is the innovator that has to create the path and the best way to create a new path is to adapt speed and stay focussed on the surface so you don’t trip. You need to keep in shape to run the same track over and over again.
At this point it is good to inspire other runners to join. Together it is easier to create a path faster. The more feet on the rough ground, that faster it wears out.
Suddenly you see other runners are joining in, speeding up the path creating process. Let’s call them early adaptors and yes, we’re talking about the Adaptation curve.
After a while when more runners join in, you’ll notice your speed increases, thoughts start wondering again and suddenly you realize the rough track has turned into a path.
Not only that, more people are lining up to start running your path. Young, old, female, male. Their hesitating, but eventually they’re inspired enough to take the change to start running your new path as well. This is closing the gap or chasm.
Actually, the path becomes boring again.
It’s time to start finding a new path, but remember:
Pace, Focus, Friends and Patience.