It seems to me that humans have become the dominant species on Earth by building upon the ideas of others.
For example computing:
First we had Abacuses, then mechanical computers.
Electricity came along.
We made electronic computers.
Electric computers then got transistors and things.
We then we thought of the Internet and connected up all these electronic computers with their transistors and things.
Now we’ve got a global network of connected electronic computers with transistors and things, that have access to Artificial Intelligence.
Smart people build upon the smart ideas of others. Who’s ideas are you going to build upon?
You don’t have to invent the next revolution in tech. But try to add something creative on top of someone else’s work. Then someone else can build on top of yours.
That’s how culture advances, a tiny bit at a time. Be a part of it.