Life is full of unexpected pleasures and rewards – and good news. That’s why many of us wake up each morning with full contemplation that we’re going to do good; thinking good things are looming around every corner; and at the end of the day we become a better and wiser for having made it through yet another day with, if nothing else, learning and life experience accumulated.
No more have I felt this than after what I experienced this past week in San Antonio at the Freescale Technology Forum.
I guess you might say that I am one of those lucky persons who’s had the honor and privilege of being partnered with some really great companies during my career in the NASCAR racing industry. Over the past three decades while either being the son of a NASCAR race team owner, NASCAR team owner, or an engine builder, solid corporate and personal relationships have always fueled my energy and desire to win. It’s just so important to get behind and understand the mission of my corporate partners one hundred percent. Because we learn – that helps my company and my employees.
When Freescale Semiconductor a few months ago invited me to participate in the 2012 Freescale Technology Forum, I was naturally eager to attend – even though I wasn’t quite sure what I’d be seeing or how I’d participate as their Roush Yates Engines partner. As the event neared, I would begin to day-by-day gain more insight as to what this “FTF” was all about.
Let me just cut to the chase: I was and will be for quite some time – blown away by what I witnessed.
When three thousand five-hundred of the world’s greatest technical minds converge on one little piece of earth in the Texas hill country over four days – something big and unexpected SHOULD BE EXPECTED.
A lot of people hear the word “no” when looking to go into a certain new business or pursue a game-changing avenue to fix a certain problem. After FTF, I came away with wanting to find every reason to say “yes” at Roush Yates Engines.
Here’s why. The founder and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, Peter Diamandis, graced the general session with a keynote address that opened up for me a whole new world that is out there and that the future has never looked brighter. My take away from Peter’s hour on that stage was that we’re at a great convergence of new and exciting technologies meeting up with exponential growth in connected intelligence that will positively change the world in ways most of us have never even imagined.
My next entry will address some of the amazing things that Peter and his Foundation are doing – which are inspiring me to challenge my own employees at Roush Yates in terms of pure innovation and while seeking ancillary benefits that could possibly change the way we do things – for the common good.