Understanding The True Value Of An Idea

idea 3I have lots of thoughts each and every day, as a matter of fact all of us do. There is varying research that suggests how many thoughts a day the average human has. Some research indicates that 100 years ago the average number of thoughts was 5,000 a day and today humans think around 50,000 thoughts per day. I guess we have a lot more to think about in this overly stimulating age and time.

I’m not sure what the accurate number of thoughts per day is, however I’d be inclined to think that I’m more aligned with the 50,000 thoughts a day number. I would also say that many of the thoughts that I have are ideas, dreams, visions and more ideas.

As a consultant the general deliverables for my clients primarily deal with ideas, connecting those ideas to strategy and moving that strategy into reality. The “always on” line of thinking works perfect for the way that I’m wired, because I’m a thinker and thinking is how I orient my world. I literally had 10 different business ideas, strategies, thoughts and aha’s on my drive taking my son and his friends to basketball practice yesterday. I got home did some research and realized that a couple of them didn’t make sense and I will pursue the others further. (In due time)

That’s the beauty of having many thoughts is the fact that you weed out the ones that need to be weeded out and you act on the others.  The more ideas you have the greater opportunity for some of those ideas to be great ones. My Go Daddy domain account is an example of that – I have an idea, I buy a domain, I let it sit for awhile, at the end of the year I chose to delete or renew. Buying the domain is simply investing in the potential of the idea.

The beauty an idea is the fact that it forces you to wrestle the question of, “Is this idea good, bad or indifferent?” Often times a bad idea has as much value and opportunities for learning as a good one. Ideas all have potential, it’s what you do with those ideas that determines whether or not the potential of a particular idea is realized. Potential unrealized is just potential.

What Is An Idea Worth? The idea itself is not worth much. The strategy, thoughts, wrestling and process of massaging that idea into something special is worth lots, maybe even million$ or gazillion$.

There are tons of success stories that simply began with an idea that was developed into something very special. What Is An Idea Worth?  It depends on what the person that has the idea is willing to do with it? We must learn to Understand The True Value Of An Idea.

Have ideas, sift through them and do something about them.

Share your thoughts on the whole ideation process.

  • Tejado W. Hanchell

    This is a great post, Scott. Like you, I am a thinker, and like many my challenge has been traveling from idea to action. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I’ll be quoting you in my message tomorrow “Taking Action After the Dream”.

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