Marvelous Industry

Have you ever considered what it takes for a product to end up in our home? A bottle of olive oil, for example.

It must start on a Californian or Italian olive farm somewhere. The olive trees are nurtured and grow by the owner and hands at the farm. Once ripe, they are picked from the trees—perhaps by gloved hands (made in a leather shop) or implemented with a device manufacturer elsewhere. They must be gathered and sorted (likely by another machine someone created). Then they are cold-pressed by yet another creative machine, strained and bottled (the bottle forged in a local bottling factory). Then a label, created by a designer somewhere, is stuck to the bottle. The EVOO is then packaged up and shipped (by some other company) and distributed across a diverse chain of stores.

An employee puts on a shelf. And you go in and happen to pass by—maybe the design of the green glass bottle or the logo on the label catches your aesthetic. All of this and more. And then we have the opportunity to drizzle a little olive oil on our salad or lightly cook a meal.

How fortunate are we? This isn’t just happening with olives—it’s happening we everything around us.

It’s incredible to me that this works, that every successful product and service works relatively smoothly.

Well, we have a bias towards the things that work. The things that aren’t useful quickly fade away.

The crazy thing is that anyone can do this. You can take an idea, save some money, go out and build and test it. And if you’re product has a market and brings value to others, soon enough you may be selling it to people across the country or even the world!

This is the power of the creative mind.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1109

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