Our world is coming to halt. Humanity is slowing down and everything that we have come to know is growing older; both the people and the objects around us. We recently passed the prime time of human advancements during the 80’s and 90’s when our most beloved ‘heroes’ created the life-changing technology that we have come to love in our everyday lives. Steve Jobs pushed apple forwards with the IPhone movement and Bill Gates took a black screen and turned it into its own infinite universe. The world has changed from what many people knew it as back in the early 1900’s when the use of a camera was still considered an incredible sight to see. I have found, particularly in recent times, that humanities golden age is beginning to end and we have made very few steps forward in the past ten years.

Of course, the news spreads articles of brand new space tech and our new age plans to live on Mars in the next five years. But, these feel more like pipe dreams and nothing short of continuously failed missions that inevitably end with them being put away as red-stamped files. To me, it feels as if our entire world population is increasingly becoming lazier and ironically it seems as if this is a result of our once widely innovative culture. We have sat back into our wooden rocking chairs carved by our parents and grandparents generations and watched as their wonderful creations paint the canvas that marks their success.

I am a key believer in innovation being the key to unlocking your success because being different puts you away from the crowd and forces you to stand out in a world that is overcrowded by underachievers. This is an article that goes out to the young people of today as a wake up call to make you realise that your actions now are responsible for the future of yourself and the generations below you. We need people to think outside of the box and think bigger to help the millions of problems that mask our planet.

Starvation, poverty and pollution enrage Earth and they are examples of the severity of our problems. Albeit, these are extreme examples but they are representative of the miniscule problems that all add together to create these huge issues. These are all things that need to be addressed and whilst we are currently trying our hardest as human’s to help, we are not getting anywhere in terms of solutions. Starvation is continuously reaching new highs every year and plastic use is still very much destroying our very fragile ecosystems. We need to think innovatively and this require all of us coming together and working harder than we have before to think of new ways that will fix these types of problems.

Innovation is the key to our future generations success. This should be implemented into the minds of all young people these days and I spoke briefly on how they could be applied to our worlds largest problems. But, I want you to understand that they can be used for everything you do in your life and regardless of what career path you choose to go down, you need to use innovation to succeed. We need to look at humanities past and follow the acts our greatest influencers because without innovation – there will be no success.

Will Cole is a year 13 student with a passion to write and is pursuing a career in journalism. When he’s not at school, he runs the communications for his healthcare business www.clearfree.co.nz with two friends. See his weekly blog pieces here where he talks about the journey of a young entrepreneur and New Zealand’s current affairs.

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