On a friend's suggestion, I just watched the DVD of the film Once. I really liked it.
It's a musical. A musical! But not in a South Pacific kind of way, with big production values and mountains of dollars behind each scene. Rather, the music is just there, and it is written and performed by the actors. I found the result incredibly moving and poignant, and meaningful in a way that a slick, over-thought production could never be. There's such value to be had in taking talented people and letting them do their thing, and taking what they do on the spot and accepting it for what it is. Not perfect. Not probably as good as it could have been on paper, but unique and meaningful in a way that would be impossible to replicate any other way.
Artful. Authentic. Inspiring.
For me this is important because I'm increasingly wary of the over-intellectualizing of things and processes where talent should in fact reign supreme. If the results are good, why try and distill out an algorithm? Heuristics rule, man.
You know, at the end of the day, most good stuff happens because someone good and talented sat down and worked really hard and kept on trying even as things kept breaking. Brilliant marketing schemes are the result of hard work. Innovative business models just happen... by being in beta over and over and pounding away. Heuristics rule. And sometimes you just get lucky.
I'll bet on luck and talent any day.