In the first chapter of Steven Johnson's book, "Where Good Ideas Come From," he talks about "The Adjacent Possible," a phrase suggested by scientist Stuart Kauffman. It describes the idea that some life forms, such as a sunflower, are made possible by the series of events that have preceded and evolved (over billions of years) to achieve what it is today. Johnson then extends the concept to indicate that the adjacent possible therefore, "captures the limits and creative potentials of change and innovation." When we explore and push the boundary of what we're limited to, we lay down new building blocks that open doors to new combinations of ideas and possibilities.
Thinking about my own journey, it has been quite frustrating not knowing where I'm heading on this path to finding passion. Tonight's read gave me the encouragement I need to remain patient and focused on pushing the boundaries of my explorations. The more I branch out, the more rooms I'll enter and from there, I will find access to the right door to unlock. I have certainly experienced some of it from the number of books that I've read over the past year. I've read more in the last 12 months than my entire lifetime (aside from text books) and it certainly has opened up my perspective about many things. If you're in the same boat, keep pushing the envelope and put yourself in new environments to explore the adjacent possibles.