Jam Session #75 - Spring Break: The Ultimate Innovation Process
Spring break isn’t just 7 days in March when Elon Musk, Dan Rather, and I rent a houseboat in Havasu. It’s a mindset. A methodology that shapes how we at Dance Party think about innovation.
It is freedom and constraint all at once. It’s pushing your boundaries for 7 days, before finding your passport in the bathroom of La Piojera and getting to the airport before the 9pm red eye. It’s the fire jump rope at Koh Phangan - beautiful, chaotic, and wild - yet rhythmically moving through the night sky. It’s going wide, before narrowing to a sharp point that moves the world forward.
It’s a process. A spring break of legend doesn’t just happen. It’s research. Planning. Playlists. 14 hour drives. Overnight stays at the parents of a friend. It’s carefully assembling the pieces, in the right order, at the right time. Try that stage dive too early, and the bouncers throw you out. Too late, and the party’s over. Just right, and your legend is born.
Edison. Ford. Jobs. Before any of them touched a filament, or wrote a line of code, they were studying the spring break process in Panama City and Myrtle Beach. Grinding out 20 hour days, learning the steps necessary to create the days and nights of lore. They knew when it was over they weren’t just leaving with a friendship bracelet that said “der Eidechsenmagen”, they were leaving with a new understanding of how to change the world. Without spring break, there would be no light bulb, no auto mobile, and no iPod sock.
Every year, all our new employees take the week to go learn these great lessons. Some come back with a clear understanding of what they must do to unlock our next iconic innovation. Some with a persistent rash.
Whatever your path, go forth partiers of the spring, and discover your discoveries.
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