“How do you even think of that?”
Origin stories for revolutionary ideas and concepts are the best thing. And I get the feeling there’s actually only a small-ish amount that sits in between the two extremes, the rest of such inventions falling square onto one of the following: “I had a problem so I solved it.” or “I thought up something crazy while under the influence and it solves a problem.” There’s room for overlap there, but you get the idea.
The latter for some reason seems pretty common, though that may just be because it’s more interesting to hear about than the former. Still, it’s fascinating to read about what prompted something cool or valuable to be created. We’ll never know the entire process, we can’t read minds after all, but there’s definitely glimpses to be caught.
Even if we cannot learn anything from those tiny rays of creation we can catch, they are still very inspiring. Maybe we’ll have one of those moments too someday, where we lay down the beginning of a new era in however niche a category we decide to do so.
We can only try our best, and maybe trip on acid once or twice. It worked for all those Silicon Valley folks, and more!