Are Your Ideas, Thoughts and Concepts Practically Useless?

May 31, 2023

by Lance Winslow

As an innovator, one realizes that you cannot produce a project to build or make every idea or concept you come up with. There just is not any time to do that. Does this mean you should stop thinking, brain storming, conceptualizing or participate in forums, dialogues or other venues to get ideas? At least one gentleman has said that “you need the right ideas at the right time” otherwise the ideas are meaningless and of little or any value.
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Now whereas I concur that generally this is the case, I cannot buy into that logic completely. You see, often enough I find that carefully placing ideas or concepts in the right place or the right hands can bring about significant changes which will make a difference to the human race, a nation or a society. If that were not so, then why bother to think at all, just have one thought and go do that and fry your brain on acid or drugs or go become and alcoholic and skip the rest of your thinking days.

To my point of ideas being important I do recall that Leonardo da Vinci, never completed all his projects, but we have hang-gliders, helicopters and bicycles now? So, I wonder how we can justify “ideas” as generally fruitless? Maybe we might say that;

It is important to have ideas, but having ideas alone would not make a significant contribution unless they are given to someone who will use them, they are acted upon or they are recorded for later use.

Without the light-bulb going off, without the thought, then you cannot even begin the project right to make a significant contribution and thus it is the Chicken and Egg scenario and obviously in this case the idea comes first, before the action. Any Ideas or Thoughts this topic would be appreciated for the innovators of the World, let’s not sell ourselves short.

L. Winslow is an Economic Advisor to the Online Think Tank, a Futurist and retired entreprenuer . Currently he is planning a bicycle ride across the US to raise money for charity and is sponsored by and all the proceeds will go to various charities who sign up.


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