Innovators are villains
What do Netflix, apple, and Uber have in common? Besides the fact that they are all tech companies, they are responsible for some of the most disruptive innovations that we’ve seen in our short lifetime. Netflix shook the way we rented and watched movies, Apple revolutionized the already stunning computer and phone industry, and Uber made sure you’d never struggle for a cab again.
But what if I told you that these companies (or rather, the people that run them) are actually villains? You might call me crazy at first until you looked at the facts.
What makes a villain/innovator?
Disruption. This is the singular quality that both these groups of people have. You can think of a villain as someone who threatens peace. Ranging from human villains like the Joker to cosmic titans like Thanos, all villains desire to shake things up. Innovators want to do the same thing. The only difference is that while innovators want to save humanity, villains want to end it (most of the time).
They are also alike in the way they approach the problem. They both disregard what everyone says and thinks, and just go ahead to do what they want to do. Even if their goal threatens to change reality as we know it. Uber didn’t care that taxi cabs were a cornerstone of the transportation system, and Thanos didn’t care that we will miss the humans he snaps away. They both had their eyes on the goal, and they went for it.
"Should you be okay with the status quo and just say this is how it is, or become the villain"This realization begs the question. Do you try to imitate these ‘evildoers’? Or do you try to become them? The answer to the question is not so simple. However, it revolves around a central idea—the greater good.
While you probably shouldn’t draw lipstick halfway around your face or try and collect as many shiny stones as you can, becoming a villain can be a good thing. Consider that without innovators, we would not have any of the things we have today—cellphones, the internet, or even electricity.
Becoming the personification of innovator and villain might not be such a bad idea after all. You just need to make sure that whatever you do pushes humanity forward. And maybe don’t try to take over the world or assist in an alien take over along the way.