Sharing with others generates a storm of colliding ideas, some of which combine in interesting ways.
“Creation occurs when ideas and individuals collide and collude.” — Richard Koch
Ideas like to commingle.
The more diverse, the better. Like people, opposite ideas attract and fuse in delightful ways. Unlike people, ideas know no boundaries.
There is a danger in confining oneself to a single discipline. Ideas become less diverse. Vision narrows and grows myopic. The effect worsens with time and isolation.
Keep ideas fresh and diverse with four essential practices...
1. Cultivate many interests.
“Realize that everything connects to everything else.” — Leonardo da Vinci
The prolific creator is a multipotentialite. Creations range across disciplines, one informing the other. The cross-pollination of knowledge spurs innovation. Dots connect.
2. Share your knowledge.
“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” — Margaret Fuller
The knowledge you acquire is valuable to others. Share it freely. They will reciprocate with added insight and perspective. Everyone benefits in the exchange.
3. Share your work.
“The miracle is this: The more we share the more we have.” — Leonard Nimoy
Don’t just share what you create. Share how you create it, where you create it and what people say about it. Share it all! You’ll generate a storm of ideas and interest in one fell swoop.
4. Get personal.
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
The people you “vibe” with are fellow travelers. Meet regularly online or in person. Share your creator journeys... the struggles and the triumphs. Magic will happen via the alchemy of ideas.
Look for opportunities to entangle and combine ideas in interesting ways. Idea Fusion will power your creativity to new heights. One creation will build upon another in a shared journey of discovery.
🤔 Food for Thought:
How diverse are your interests?
How often do you share knowledge?
Do you show your work in all its forms?
Are you having mind blowing discussion with others over ideas?
Can you think of other practices?
⚙️ One Small Step:
Consider the four practices shared here for keeping ideas fresh and diverse. Pick one you don’t leverage to the fullest. Highlight one interest, piece of knowledge, aspect of your work or person. Now get after it!