I also grew up with a Spock outlook on just about everything…
I, for whatever reason, thought a bit about Star Trek today when I was in a position to “admit” something was good, even though I did not like the added work it meant to me.
While thinking on this, I did some random Google search on Star Trek, and found this little gem:7 Life Lessons You Can Learn From ‘Star Trek'.
Some of them you can really take to heart… and some are kinda funny… but are easy to relate to…
I am pretty much brutally honest/opinionated/questioning on anything that is brought before me. It is part of who I am. I “Function as Designed”, not always pretty or sweet or nice, but usually forthright…
I was approached recently with a potential change in processes that would require more work on my end. I looked at it from my end first: I am kinda self-oriented, but not quite narcissistic. It would not pass this “test”.
Next, I looked at it in the “eyes of the stakeholders”… I could find no problem with it here. In fact, here it was needed/necessary. Awe… I hated to admit it, but it was the right thing to promote.
So… there I sat… for 10 seconds… deliberating… In the old cartoon of “Angel/Devil on Shoulder”, it doesn’t fly with me… I am about what makes the best sense… has the most logic… I caved.
I agreed with the proposal… and managed to fit in why I wished I could find a way not to.
Innovation is about listening… about opening up to new ideas/thoughts/processes… About being past yourself… and learning about "fulfillment" .
I will always want to innovate what I do, who I am, what I see… but I will never do so without questioning it and seeing if it makes “logical” sense to me. There is a fine line between “going with the flow” and having a reason to do so. That fine line requires thinking and understanding how you think.
You should never give in/give up just because the status quo does so… but you should never be so blinded by stubbornness that you cannot see if something is meaningful… it’s all about perspective/balance/understanding. And if you are not sure… de-focus… and come back to it later with a fresh set of eyes/ears.