Where Do Ideas Come From?

Where do ideas come from?

Mozart said that they came out of the “air” when he was out walking.

Many great thinkers were able to pull some of their best ideas from dreams.

Edison allegedly would sit in a dark room, holding large weight in his outstretched hand. As he started to nod off, and drop the ball (waking him up) he would immediately write down all the ideas he could come up with.

Often times ideas are created when we see one “element” from one thing, and another “element” from something else, and then combine them in a new way.

If it works out, you can become famous, and incredibly wealthy.

When I was a kid there was a popular commercial for “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups” where some guy was walking down the street, eating peanut butter from a jar (seriously!) and a woman was walking down the street eating some chocolate. They bumped into each other, “accidentally” mixed their peanut butter and chocolate, and BOOM! a new candy was born.

Post-It notes were created by accident, and TONS of new stuff was invented, as a by-product of the U.S. space program to get to the moon.

The truth is that simple things can lead to the most amazing discoveries. Take a couple of random things you see on a daily basis, mix them up in a way nobody’s thought of before, and your idea may be the thing that saves the world.

But one thing will KEEP you from coming up with massively creative ideas that will fill your bank account, and that is thinking that you are NOT smart, or clever, or innovative.

You ARE.

It’s just that your genius was metaphorically beaten out of you by formal education. (Ever wonder why super geniuses are always dropouts?).

The good news is you can get it back. Just doing a few simple exercises, on a daily basis, will reawaken your creative giant.

One great exercise is to use a “reframe” of a situation. That is to say we look for the hidden blessings or goodness in a otherwise negative event. This kind of new vision allows you to see things in much the same way one can see a hidden image in a 3-D picture. You have to look with expectation that something is hidden in the dots, dashes, and etc. until you “fall into seeing” the image.

In the same way, you refocus your consciousness to find and see the hidden blessings in the “negative” events.

When you do this reframing,

Then YOU’LL see opportunity, excitement and potential where others see sameness,drudgery, fear and failure.



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