Working on another blog post, and ran across an interview of Bill Hill from 2009. Bill reinvented himself many times in his career, from a newspaperman to someone who fundamentally worked to change the way the world read text on a digital screen. It harkens back to yesterday’s post, as well as my post on the machines coming for your job. Specifically, at about 19 minutes in, this conversation comes up:
Interviewer: “In this economy…What’s the relationship between fear…and taking chances…?”
Bill Hill: “Well that’s just the whole point. I mean, it’s very easy to get kinda cozy, and do ordinary stuff.” and “You can’t allow yourself to get paralyzed.”
Bill never stopped moving, never stopped reinventing himself. Weeks before he passed, he and I had a conversation about eBooks, almost 13 years after I first met him as we talked the same subject. You can’t stop moving, and can’t stop reinventing yourself.