If we look at the true innovators today, the number is ridiculously small. Why? Because so many of us are too busy enjoying the innovations of the few. Society today believes in enjoying someone else’s work. We accept plagiarism, knock-offs, regurgitation. Our schools teach fundamentals and basics—never encouraging anyone to truly innovate. I’m wondering if the problem is mass production. Before manufacturers pumped out thousands and thousands of copies, we had trades—individual trades serving a relatively small number of customers. There was time to innovate. Now there isn’t even time to check the mailing address of something you bought on Amazon.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.