Our thoughts are the distillation and personal interpretation of influences in our lives. Moments of time defined, unique experiences, things we have watched, heard or read that have captured our attention, it could be the emotional impact of human interactions or processes that we believe or have faith in; these are the things from which our thoughts emanate.
Is there such a thing as an “original thought”?
Or is it more likely the transformation of existing ideas, the interpretation of a premise or piece of knowledge, applied in a different manner or to a different set of circumstances, but none the less not entirely original.
An original thought would probably be of little or no interest to most of us. We likely wouldn’t have any terms of reference from which to understand it. For us to find acceptance, we tend to rely on experiences and references that we know, understand and can associate with; a past occurrence, present moments or future expectations.
We are made to creatively combine and copy,
And then implement and even take ownership as if it was an original thought. But the reality is “not likely” all that original. At best, a new idea or application may not be widely known or accepted, and therefore it has the impression of being original. Maybe original thought should be defined as being original to me; by the way, there is a word for that ~ learning.
“We should always strive to discover new things, ideas, and thoughts; keeping our mind open to possibilities and never before experienced moments.”
The World Class knows that creativity is the key to understanding, positioning and market advantages. Original thought in its purest terms may be a myth, but the creative application of existing ideas and premises can be the catalyst to standing head and shoulders above the crowd.
Look for opportunities; be reckless in applying current ideas to alternative and new applications. What have you got to lose? You may just solve a bigger problem or create a better mouse trap. Go for it!
Creativity inspires ~ Think World Class