Ideas Drive the Future

“An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral.” Inherit the Wind

Everything around us is a result of ideas: someone thought of it, turned it into a vision, and then worked at it to make it come to life. Ideas are what drive the future.

Never let a good idea (and who knows which ones are good) go to waste. Leonard Bernstein, composer and conductor, had a file of melodies he’d created, some mere fragments. But he kept them until the time was right.

Bill Veeck, American League Baseball owner and promoter, told his family that if their house was on fire, the most important thing they needed to grab was the Idea Box. This box was for anyone who had an idea—it didn’t matter how wild it might seem at first glance—they were to put it in the box.

Walt Disney said, “Money doesn’t excite me; my ideas excite me.” You have ideas. We all have ideas. The trick is not to let them slip into oblivion without considering their value.

We don’t know how many good (great) ideas have been lost because no one followed up on their initial burst of creative thinking. It might have been a new way to feed the world or a better way to sell a house.

Believe that the greatest idea is having ideas, and the best way to have a good idea is to have lots of them.

What needs to happen to turn your ideas into reality?

  • Write it down: Make it a ritual to jot it down somewhere, anywhere, as soon as it appears.
  • Believe in yourself: Be passionate. Be purposeful.
  • Embrace risk: There is always an element of danger with anything new.
  • Learn to connect dots: Seeing patterns where others may only see chaos.
  • Continually make the idea a little better. Don’t settle for good when great is out there.

“There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come” Everett Dircksen

Phillip J Martin

Exploring the Power of People

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Phil is a published playwright and song writer and an award-winning television writer for the Nashville Now show on TNN. He has spent 30 years as a college professor, most recently in the Department of Theatre Arts at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. He has presented at colleges, universities, conventions and symposiums across the country. In addition to writing 13 musicals, Phil has written two books: Play Hard-Have Fun: A Philosophy for Life and the soon-to-be completed Take the Stage: Leadership Lesson from Theatre. Phil believes that achieving personal and professional success requires the challenge of creative and innovative thinking, that you succeed by choice, not chance.

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