Great ideas

“When the poet Paul Valery once asked Albert Einstein if he kept a notebook to record his ideas, Einstein looked at him with mild but genuine surprise. “Oh, that’s not necessary,” he replied . “It’s so seldom I have one.””
— Bill Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything)

Great ideas are rare. Rarer still are people with great ideas willing to pursue them no matter how popular or unpopular they may be. Think about the last time you had a great idea. Did you pursue it? Did you put it on the back burner and tell yourself that you’ll get to it later, that it will still be there?

I know I’m as guilty of this as the next person. I may come up with an idea, spend some time thinking about how it would work and then promptly push it to the back burner because I’m too busy or people might not go for it. No longer. Today I’m making a commitment to follow through when I have what I think is a great idea. Now is the time for unrestrained creativity.

In 1905, Einstein had one of the greatest ideas in the history of humanity that, in 1915, lead to one of greatest revolutions in thought, science and culture the world has ever seen.

So I ask you now, if you pursue it, where will your great idea take you? Where will it take us?

I think we all look forward to finding out.

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