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The Journey of an Innovator Often Ends in Creating a New World

What’s your chosen field? Are you innovating in it?

Let’s say for example that you’re fascinated by words. Yes, words. You love language. You love the sound of words, how they fit together, their architecture, their history. In fact, you want to invent your own words, even your own language. Of course, how would that even make sense? Who would use your invented words? Well, perhaps then you’d need to invent a people, maybe a world in which all the words and the languages you were inventing would fit, would make sense.

Such was the journey of JRR Tolkien who was born 126 years ago. Did he set out to change the landscape of fiction and film? Hardly, but such is often the journey of an innovator. They set out with a desire, a vision, a yearning. It’s blurry at first but it pulls them inexorably to a future that’s hard to even express, they just know it’s out there. Tolkien’s journey started out as bedtime stories told to his sons. Where would it take him? Little did he know the weight his words would carry, the ripple effect they would have on his planet.

What are your ideas? As Bilbo would say, “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."

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