Where Do Ideas Come From?

I had a professor in college who, on the first day of class, told us to write step-by-step instructions detailing the process of thinking. I sat there for 15 minutes but couldn’t get past what I wrote as step one: Clear your mind. But I knew that even step one was incorrect; I don’t need to clear my mind in order to think, it just happens.

Maybe ideas don’t come from inside us at all. Maybe ideas are like little invisible bubbles, floating around in the ether just waiting for a receptive mind. If so, our goal should be to create the best possible environment for ideas to flourish and grow, inviting new thoughts and constantly re-examining our current assumptions. Are you open to new ideas?


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