Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Big Idea

Good ideas are hard to come by. As lovely as it sounds, most of us are not paid just to think. No matter how much we love what we do, a typical day usually consists of tackling so many small hurdles that spending time with a particularly stubborn problem at the end of it all is just about the last thing we care to do. Here though are two great reasons to engage despite the exhaustion:

1. "Chance favors the connected mind." Steven Johnson argues that great ideas come from hunches, incubated over a period of time and combined with other peoples' ideas. (If you haven't seen it yet, this clip is well worth the minute it takes to watch it!)

2. Intelligence is nothing without perseverance. Albert Einstein once stated "I am not smarter. I just stay with a problem longer."

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