But it was still a fascinating experience, highly educational, and something I’ll keep in the files of my memory. My biggest lessons weren’t from the talk, but from HIM. Brendan is a very unassuming man. You could meet him on the streets and never know you’re standing to one of the most famous and brilliant people in tech. He’s more of a Woz than a Jobs. Personable, technical, passionate about his craft.
I have to say, the best part of meeting him was spending time with him afterwards with the team. There were five of us and Eich. Questions were flying around the room, each person wanting a few moments with him, and hear his take and perspective on his craft.
But some of the best questions came from the least technical members of the team. Someone asked him what it’s like to be the inventor of one of the most popular coding languages out there. They also asked if he set out to create a universal programming language.
His response was interesting. It was long and thoughtful, like he is. I’m paraphrasing…But two lessons stand out as a creative:
1. He shared that he didn’t set out to create the most popular language. He wanted something that worked. He had no idea and could have never predicted it would have evolved into what it did. He also shared that it took a lot of people to get to where it is now as a universal coding language.
What I take from this, and how I translate his response: creative innovation isn’t an event — it’s showing up every day to make a the world work better for you, whatever that means to you personally. Some of your biggest successes may be on accident. You’ll have your critics who are going to tell you how they could have done it better. Even the better versions of (if there is better) will have their own issues. There is no perfect creation, only an evolving model of what works for you in the world. Your creation will be messy. Create it anyways if you think the world needs it.
Thanks Brendan for your lessons, and for sharing what you’ve learned along the way. We all have something to learn from you, even a non-technical artist and marketer like myself.
Brendan’s talk is part of a bigger tech talk series happening in AltspaceVR, and you can learn more about it here: www.altvr.com/vrtechtalk