This comes from Seth Godin's blog post: Where do ideas come from? I made a selection of my favorites. For the whole listing go to Seth's Blog.
- Good ideas come from bad ideas.
- Ideas occur when dissimilar universes collide.
- Ideas fear experts, but they adore beginner's mind. A little awareness is a good thing.
- Ideas come from trouble.
- Ideas come from our ego, and they do their best when they're generous and selfless.
- Ideas come from nature.
- Ideas come from confidence.
- Ideas come out of the corner of the eye, or in the shower, when we're not trying.
- Mediocre ideas enjoy copying what happens to be working right this minute.
- Bigger ideas leapfrog the mediocre ones.
- Ideas don't need a passport, and often cross borders (of all kinds) with impunity.
- An idea must come from somewhere, because if it merely stays where it is and doesn't join us here, it's hidden. And hidden ideas don't ship, have no influence, no intersection with the market. They die, alone.
Also, watch the great & inspiring animation of the RSA series: Bootstrapper's Lab: Where do good ideas come from? that is based on the book by Steven Johnson.