When An Idea Chooses You

The Next Steps: When an Idea Chooses You


The moment an idea finds you is akin to capturing lightning in a bottle; it’s elusive, electric, and filled with untapped potential. You’ve done well to record it, to pin it down in some tangible form—a note on your smartphone, a scribble on a Post-it. But what comes next? How do you nurture this idea from a fleeting thought to a life-altering reality?

Dedication: Your Non-Negotiable Commitment

Ideas demand dedication—a non-negotiable commitment to bring them to fruition. It’s not merely about having an idea; it’s about living that idea, letting it permeate every facet of your existence. The moment you decide to capture an idea, you also decide to give it life, and that requires an immense level of dedication.

Rigorous Accounting: The Unvarnished Truth of Your Time

Take stock of your daily routine. Allocate specific time blocks solely to the cultivation of your idea. At the end of each day, conduct a rigorous accounting of how your time was spent. If you find that the idea received only a minuscule slice of your 24-hour pie, reassess your priorities. It’s easy to get bogged down in the daily minutiae—work, chores, social obligations. However, these should be the background tasks, not the focal point of your existence.

Sacrifices: The Cost of Bringing an Idea to Life

Dedication often comes with sacrifice. While it’s impractical to abandon all other responsibilities, there is merit in prioritizing your idea above non-essential commitments. This might mean less leisure time or even turning down opportunities that divert focus from your central mission. Remember, you were chosen by this idea for a reason. Your unique skills, experiences, and perspectives make you the ideal person to bring this idea to life.

Make It Your Life’s Work

Your life should not be a series of mundane tasks interspersed with fleeting moments dedicated to your idea. Reverse this equation. Make the idea your life’s work, and fit the other necessities around it. Essential tasks like eating, sleeping, and employment are the scaffolding that supports the edifice of your idea, not the other way around.

In Conclusion

Capturing an idea is just the beginning. What follows is a journey requiring unwavering dedication, rigorous time management, and often, personal sacrifices. The idea chose you because you have the unique arsenal of qualities needed to bring it to fruition. So make it your life’s work; after all, this idea didn’t just happen upon you—it sought you out for a reason.

Author: John Rector

John Rector is an AI Futurist who predicted the next word in business™, starting with his notable paper from 2015, "Mommy, What's a Cashier?" Drawing upon 40 years of experience in the practical applications of high technology, he assists clients in converting uncertainty into strategic advantages within a one-to-six-year framework. With leadership roles including IBM executive and co-founder of e2open, he has a diverse and impactful background. In the AI sector, he has set benchmarks through his contributions to Mind Media Group and Florrol, pioneering AI-based services and content generation. His investment initiative, Waterway Ventures, is committed to advancing promising AI startups. His creative ventures include founding Bodaro and graphic design studio Palm ❤️. In education, he has launched Nextyrn, which uses AI for personalized learning experiences, and in art, he leads Potyn, an initiative using AI to create bespoke pieces. His ever-expanding portfolio features companies like Nozeus, Infinia, Blacc Ink, and Maibly. Operating from Charleston, SC, his current focus involves partnering with individuals and enterprises to develop innovative business models and processes for the rapidly approaching age of AGI.

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