Kevin Kelly is such a papa to the creative community and he has much wisdom and insight. His talk was the first of the XOXO festival and it was by far and away the one that left me with the most to think about.

He shared about the innovator’s dilemma and how success is often what leads to failure. And the difficulty of knowing when to spend your time optimizing a successful product or business and when to spend your time discovering something new and taking new risks (the same thing that led you to success in the first place).

He also shared about how technology and the Web have empowered so many new ways to succeed. And so thus we must define what success looks like for us. And the more possibilities that are out there for people to succeed in their endeavors, the more likely our own success story will be unique.

October 6, 2014