Recently I discovered this excellent article on Barking Up the Wrong Tree about how some of the most brilliant minds on earth developed their great ideas over time. The main message of the article is that new and innovative ideas don’t just suddenly come upon the person in a flash of brilliance. They come in pieces over time. And the best minds stick with these little pieces of ideas until they add up over time to a great idea.
Of course the most interesting thing to me in the article was how these creative, innovative people often tracked their ideas in a notebook, allowing them to revise and add to the idea over time. They allow the idea to develop organically on paper where they can see and manipulate the information.
It’s a great lesson for all of us to capture those little ideas, and have the patience to nurture them into big ideas. It helps to hear we can’t expect it to come all at once. Be patient, be open to your thoughts, and keep plugging away.
Do you use a notebook or other system to track your ideas? How do you follow them through as they develop?