Two key ingredients for innovation in the new year

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Some thoughts from izzy+ founder, Chuck Saylor, as we enter a new year…

As I look back at the close of 2011, it’s impossible to not think of Steve Jobs, whose life inspired so many of us and whose death in 2011 impacted me in many ways. Steve Jobs once said, “Everything around you that you call ‘life’ was made up by people (who) are no smarter than you—and you can change it, you can influence it…And once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

A college dropout, the founder of Apple changed our world in so many significant ways, reminding us that we have the potential to make a difference in the world, and to inspire others. How can we not be inspired by that truth?

But inspiration without diligence is ineffective. I remember being in Palo Alto on a visit in the late 1970s when I first ran into Steve Jobs’ incredible group of young, creative entrepreneurs who were striving to change the way we all communicated with each other. Their intellectual curiosity and personal drive were amazing, but it would take the next decade for the vision to become reality.

When I learned about Jobs’ death on October 5, 2011, I was reminded that inspiration is an historical event. To do inspiring things takes something special that too often we forget about—it takes diligence, perseverance and a lot of hard work. These are powerful attitudes capable of bridging the past and the future, and this is the perfect season to be reflecting on their importance in our work and lives.

As izzy+ looks ahead to 2012, we are both excited and grateful. Our excitement is rooted in continuing our exploration of concept projects like Nemo—design ideas that are truly founded upon human-centered needs and behavior. And our gratitude is rooted in relationships and connections with people like you. You inspire us and motivate us to remain diligent in our work toward better working and learning environments. Let’s all work together in 2012 to make our world a better place.

Have a happy—and inspiring—New Year.

Chuck Saylor
izzy+ founder