If I was to ask you to roll a small ball of snow down a steep hill, you’d expect to end up with a snow boulder fit for a Crash Bandicoot game.
However, if we were to look a little closer at the fruit of your labour (labor, let’s hear it for free translations), we would notice the composition of the snow boulder would bear a direct resemblance to that of the hill.
Bits of stone and mud and grass, maybe even bits of caveman jerky.
This same school of thought is true when applied to the formation of ideas, prototypes and products.
As we develop our ideas, they take shape depending on our pre-existing knowledge of what we are building, our direct environment and those around us.
This ultimately impacts the success of the project and the quality of the final product.
I’ll close by sharing a question which I believe we should ask ourselves at the start of each new project and, perhaps, even if we’re in the middle of a project which may not be going how we had planned:
“Does my environment support the kind of great work I want to do?”
If yes, you may like to spend a moment thinking about what ingredients in the environment, in your team and in the information you acquire have made you feel so supported, to enable you to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of your position.
Likewise, if things aren’t going so well, ask yourself what do you need to add to your knowledge, your environment and your team to make your projects work as smooth as possible.