Ideas are like the rain

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On Sunday we had the kind of rainstorm that people around here call a "frog strangler." Torrents of rain poured out of the sky, filling gutters and sewers and watering plants and lawns. It got me thinking about how rain and ideas are alike

Rain and ideas are outcomes of natural processes. People have ideas because they're human. It's what happens next that matters, just like with the rain.

One of my neighbors has a cistern where he captures rainwater. You can capture ideas too. When you have an idea, capture it on a note card, in a journal, or in digital form. Then you'll have a bunch of ideas to consider when you need a good one.

My neighbor uses his cistern to provide water for his lawn and his garden. When we use ideas to create something, we call the process innovation. The ideas that matter, like the rain, are the ones we put to good use.

Boss's Bottom Line

Ideas will come naturally, like the rain. Capture them and use them wisely.

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