Where Do Good Ideas Come From

Not all ideas are made equal.

There’s no argue that ideas are powerful enough to change the course of your life. But your challenge is finding the good ones.

You see, in most cases what makes a good idea different from a mediocre one is in its execution.

A lot of times even good ideas may not be that good at first. But how you take an idea and put it to work will end up changing the idea itself.

Good ideas evolve and have room for experimentation. And that trait is much more important for an idea than its origin.

Good ideas are big ideas. They take a lot of time and hard work to make them work. That’s why you want to make sure you’re pursuing the right ones.

Even though it’s safe to say execution matters more than the idea itself, there are some ideas that are born with much bigger potential.

So where do good ideas come from?

Outside your building.

Just like how you get out and shop when you’re looking for good clothing, you also need to get out and look for good ideas.

You can’t stay where you are and expect for good things to come to you. For good ideas to reveal themselves, you need to leave your comfort zone.

When you put yourself in a new situation you allow your mind to take in new information.

Most good ideas are made from mixing other good ideas. Your mind comes up with good ideas by connecting the old dots with the new ones.

That’s why it’s important to change your routine and immediate environment as often as needed.

Traveling is by far one of the best ways to find good ideas. When you are in a new city or country, your mind starts noticing how things are run.

The difference in what you see and what you know could violate your beliefs but that’s how your mind is able to connect the various dots.

Good ideas can show up in the most unexpected moments. But if you’re aware of that you won’t be ignoring them.

Also, action matters a lot. When a good idea hits you and you feel its power and potential, you have one thing to do and that’s taking action.

By acting on a good idea as soon as it’s born, you maximize your chance of succeeding with it.

There’s also a pattern with good ideas. They all sound crazy at first, they take a long time to execute and they are challenging.

But the good news is that there’s no shortage of good ideas. They can be discovered, made up and passed on. Old ideas are also good ideas. They have proved to work throughout history.

You can always take an old idea that works and put a spin on it to do something else. That’s often the easiest way to build the habit of turning good ideas into good reality.

I hope this has inspired you to look for good ideas and build the courage to act on them.


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