For the past few years, I have had a nagging question deep down inside: Do I lack vision?

The question grows in scope and scale as I look at my work and analyze the way I think, approach problems, and make decisions. Do I lack a vision for originality? For uniquely showing up in my work? For solving specific problems for customers?

Looking Back

I kept thinking that I lacked vision because there were times I couldn’t adequately describe what I was seeing in my mind. I had a lack of language, skills, and abilities.

Other times, the answer was a resounding yes: I lacked the vision because I kept doing what I knew I could do and didn’t push myself beyond my capabilities.

Making Droids

Vision is an interesting topic to think about. I didn’t really start putting together how to build the future until I read Droidmaker: George Lucas and the Digital Revolution by Michael Rubin. George hired scientists, engineers, and artists to create the future he saw in his mind. They took future-oriented ideas, looked at what currently existed, and figured out what needed to be built.

That to me provides a model for visionary thinking and creating:

  1. What do I want to create?
  2. What currently exists?
  3. What needs to be invented or built?

I can take a deep breath now because the answer to the question, do I lack vision, is a resounding no. I have ideas, I just didn’t always know how to bring them to life, and now I have a new way to excite my brain and body into action.