“But why do you hate them?“, said the slightly exasperated friend.
My reply, paraphrased, was “Hate is too strong a word, I need a psychological crutch for motivation. Even an imaginary conflict is useful. Just as we did for our previous product when our competitor had to die!”
Conflict has a bad reputation. Much like anger it is painted in a negative shade.
But there is a constructive way to view the situation, especially if you are a fledgling startup.
At the heart of all progress and creativity is a small kernel that sees the world differently.
A better way to do work, a better way to watch movies and so on. This different world view might not be what entrenched incumbents want.
But that is how it always is. Incumbents want nothing to change. Remember incumbents are invariably ex-dreamers who got comfortable, who latch on to the present than reaching out for the future.
As a side note, it is best to assess oneself, especially if you have a history of having pushed yourself in the past. Are you still reaching out or are you grasping for what you can get now? Are you part of the future being born or a past holding onto what is left?
To progress one has to intimately feel that a better way is possible, the existing scenario should just be unacceptable.
What you choose to be in conflict with is dependent on what you wish to accomplish. It could be how you feel about any social condition, about how people listen to music, or how people read e-books.
What matters is that you feel the conflict and help push the scenario forward.
If you feel nothing or love the present dearly then I wish you bold and grand conflicts that inspire action!
Conflict is fuel for creativity. Embrace it.Mindaugas Danys via Compfight