Ideas matter. There are great ideas. There are bad ideas. Every successful business was someone’s idea or brainchild. Conversely, every failed business was someone’s idea or brainchild. What’s the key factor in a great idea that successful and a bad idea that fails? Tesla was an idea. LinkedIn was an idea. Solyndra was an idea. Pets.com was an idea.
Every idea is the result of a person’s thought process to solve a particular problem or issue. In the 21st century, the world is awash with problems that will need to be solved in order for humanity to survive. At the end of the day, great ideas are humanity’s best way to solve the inexorable problems that occupy so much of our elected leaders’ time.
Ideas, beliefs, values, and cultural norms, by influencing the behavioral responses of people who believe in them can create a society and influence historical events as likely as the mysteries of nature impact the ecosystem of Earth. Further, great ideas can turn around a situation or society that is failing to reach their goals. Current labor laws and environmental regulations came about from concerned citizens and legislators who saw a problem and acted quickly to address it.
Where do great ideas arise from? The subconscious mind? The conscious mind? The heart? Is there a certain part of the human psyche that develops them? Where do bad ideas come from? Is there a different part of the human psyche that develops them?
So many questions with so few precious answers.
I believe that great ideas need a social and environmental construct in order to germinate and blossom. Specifically, I believe that when people come together in groups to solve a problem, it creates a shared collective consciousness that leads to great ideas. For example, the founders of the United States of America worked collectively to create and design the Constitution of the United States of America.
There are more historical events like this one in history. Great ideas also arise from visionary leaders and thinkers. Men like Aristotle, Jefferson, and Musk. Below is a great quote from Elon Musk.
The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.
Where do you believe great ideas come from? Where did you turn when you need a inspirational great idea? I encourage you, dear reader, to share where you think great ideas arise from? If you enjoyed reading this article today, please like and share it with your colleagues on LinkedIn.