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Looking at a Historic View

A view of Cape Cod from the top of the Pilgrim Monument can give perspective on exploring the work of start.

Pilgrim Monument

Standing high above Provincetown, Massachusetts with a 360 degree view of Cape Cod, my wife and I marvel at our good fortune to climb the Pilgrim Monument on what has been a very pleasant November afternoon. In a past November, 391 years earlier, a group of people landed in this same place seeking a new start in a new world. These people were the Mayflower Pilgrims and they arrived in what is now Provincetown without the luxury of a 252 foot granite tower (the tallest all-granite structure in the United States) to visually explore their new surroundings. [1] It occurs to me that perspective gained from climbing the Pilgrim Monument seems similar to exploring innovative starts after the fact—the path to innovation can appear quite clear in hindsight, but clarity is not often available at the time innovation takes place.

Jason Freeman is the founder of Work of Start.


1. Acquired from Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum website – Pilgrim-Monument.org