Ideas Come From Experiences

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Where do ideas come from? A lot of people would say things like “the imagination” or “from contemplation”. While slightly accurate, these aren’t really answers. Instead of directly addressing the question, they skirt around the edges of the issue without taking it on. It’s sort of like when a little kid asks “Where do babies come from?” and you answer “from love”. While that answer is somewhat true, these kinds of dodgy responses don’t have a lot of meat on their bones idea-wise. So, going back to the original question, where DO ideas come from?

The answer is as simple as it is elegant. Ideas come from experiences. What you do, see, read, hear, taste and touch all form the raw materials out of which great, and not so great, ideas are born. What this means is that ideas are not born in a vacuum. No one came up with…

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