When one creates something, that person develops an original idea, builds something new, improves on an item or idea that exists. A composer creates music; an artist creates pictures and a philosopher creates ideas. I create new concepts in telecommunications. As a part of this creativity, I write books and articles to inform people of the advancements in telecommunications.
My creativity starts with an idea. An idea can come to my mind at breakfast, when I take a walk or during a break at work. My mind has to have a free run and not be tied down due to responsibility. Day dreaming happens when your mind is free to think, usually about something you enjoy. Another means of creating a concept or new method is when a person is challenged,when somebody tells you that you cannot do it. Then you want to show them that you can. Once
my boss told me I knew nothing about transmission, a specialized subject in telecommunications. I turned around and wrote a book about it. That book is still available today, in its fourth
Just to have an idea is not sufficient. The idea must be developed and turned into a concept, which will be like a written story. The story must be carefully prepared so everyone can understand it. This is what a patent is; it is a story. If the concept in story form is well prepared, I can convince others that my idea is valuable. Some of these people may be willing to provide money or facilities to develop the concept into a piece of equipment. The equipment
can demonstrate the value of the idea. It could save time; it could speed service; it could allow new services or it could give people pleasure such as a toy or game. Now there are more supporters, and it will go into production with possibilities of worldwide distribution. There will be great demand.
As we have seen, creativity starts with a spark, that idea. The idea must be developed and explained so everybody can understand it. The development process continues through some form of production that allows this equipment or method to reach out to the world, even to outer space. Once that is completed and successful, I start on a new idea.
I truly enjoy my work in the field of telecommunications, which I find very exciting. It is exciting because the technology is marching forward at an ever-accelerating pace. New and improved telecommunication services and systems are appearing every day. Let me explain by an example. When my Mother was young, she lived in the country. They had the only telephone for miles around. When she wanted to talk to somebody, she turned a crank on a box that brought the operator to the line. She told the operator to whom she wished
to speak to and where they were located. The operator placed the call for her.
Look at the changes that have occurred since then. We say we dial a number, which identifies the party to whom we wish to talk to. Within seconds that person is on the telephone and our
conversation begins. On that same telephone line our personal computer (PC) can connect to the Internet and we have the entire world at our fingertips. Some of these longdistance connections are routed by communication satellite while other calls may be routed by undersea cable.