You have probably heard about this quote. It originated around year 1900:
Everything that can be invented has been invented.
Some sources say it was Charles Holland Duel, U.S. Patent Comissioner, proposing to close the patent office as there is nothing more to claim for. It is not sure that this was actually said. Still, it is hard to imagine that someone actually believed this 116 years ago.
What about now. Is everything that can be invented already invented? Probably not. What are the things that are not yet invented? Peter Thiel call these things “secrets” in his great book Zero to One. A secret is a new thing to be discovered. A way how to make the world better. In a big way, or a small way.
The best entrepreneurs know this: every great business is built around a secret that’s hidden from the outside. A great company is a conspiracy to change the world; when you share your secret, the recipient becomes a fellow conspirator.”
I do belive in secrets. I do believe that they are closer to us than we think. I believe that changing the world is easier than it looks. Looking for ideas that are yet hidden from everyone else is exciting things. I love that my work is discovering these.