Wonder drives us.
Curiosity intrigues us.
So, we search.
From the moment we are born, we are searchers. Searching for the right, the wrong, the adventures, the voices, the molders…
Searching brings us answers. Searching brings us satisfaction. Searching brings us to a destination. Searching brings us to new paths. Searching is a never-ending whirlwind.
Proof: Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average, which translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.
WE ARE ALL SEARCHING!
We are often pushed to search or eager to search. Have you ever Geocached… Geocaching is a “game of searching” where you are given coordinates to a “treasure”… you search until you locate the canister often filled with trinkets and a journal. For me, it was never about the trinkets and the journal… it was about THE FIND! A feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. I know this sounds silly, but think about a time you went on a search… how did you feel when you finally found what you were looking for? We crave the feeling.
- That we are not complacent.
- That we have a drive.
- That we are choosing to be bothered by the norm.
- That we long to be on a journey.
- That we are not fearful of obstacles.
All of these characteristics can make us stronger than who we are at any given moment and these are characteristics that define innovators.
The Not So Good
In a fast-paced world… we can get caught up in searching. Searching for answers, when they are right in front of us. Searching for perfection, when we know perfection isn’t attainable. Searching for the correct answers, when there isn’t one. We can get in a searching tornado! When what we need to do is just be patient and become aware of our surroundings.
Being a searcher is foundational to being an innovator. So, be a searcher, but don’t let it consume you! Easier said than done… I know. How do we find the fine line between the Good and the Not-So-Good of Searching? We reflect. We journal. We observe.
- Reflect: What are you searching for? Why are you searching? Is the outcome worth it? Reflect with others.
- Journal: When we write or draw, it becomes visual and a great reminder. When we become too thin, we become fragile and the littlest things may break us. Journaling will help you stay strong and grounded in your searching journeys.
- Observe: How does what you are currently doing connect to what you are searching for? Look around… look at the big picture… Get other perspectives.