World is full of ideas. By themselves ideas do nothing and are not worth much. With right kind of knowledge and skills, certain ideas start to get some value, but otherwise…not much.
The idea is just neuron flare in our brains highlighting a bit more than usual number of connections.
Some ideas feel really powerful, then I would guess a lots more neurons are firing?
In any case, the idea generation shouldn’t be the problem, it’s the ground where the ideas are growing from and then capturing the fruits that the ground bears. What you are spending your conscious awake time feeding to your unconscious will reflect the kinds of ideas that will pop to your head later on.
In Linchpin Seth Godin outlines it really well, what separates an artist from not one, is one key thing: SHIPPING. And shipping means making your idea into something real by deadline.
To ship we need to have a starting point, which is the information we spend our days with. Really good rule of thumb for the quality of the content is indeed peer reviews. Reviewing, and all kinds of filtering has advantages: it will provide you with the clearer picture of what to expect and of course allows you to focus your time to the content that serves you very best. Published books have traditionally gone through many sets of filters, which have made them really good format for knowledge. In the other spectrum is all the content that doesn’t go through that many filters to be published like video streams or this blog for example. Internet provides pretty good system to find the relevant content through popularity and peer reviews. However if you only depend on the others to rate what you need, you are in trouble called bubble.
After you’ve begun to feed your mind with great ideas, information and knowledge. Now all you have to do is to live your life, try to think about what you’ve learned a bit and record all the thoughts that will pop up. Once you’ve enough knowledge to judge those ideas, you’ll see which ones are the golden ones and which ones are not. I really recommend taking notes all the time and when you cannot take notes, record them on your smartphone or something, anything!
When you recognize an idea that’s worth actionable, please do ship it, make it real!
Also, I want to add that if you ask for someone to help, to teach you something for example. Please record the lesson by taking notes or any kinds of memory tools! It’s ridiculous to ask for others to share golden thoughts and not to appreciate this by taking notes.
In my work, I never have to ask twice about same thing and I take pride in that. My wish is that more people would realize the value of note taking, because only when we capture all the ideas we can begin to recognize the golden ones and then to ship those.