Ideas Come From Experience

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Ideas for getting experience

I tweeted this recently based off a conversation that I had with a friend about coming up with an idea for a problem.

Ideas are easy for me. I have them all the time. And in a lot of situations these ideas are centered around a need. But after my conversation with my friend, I started to think about where ideas come from. And as I looked at all my ideas, they almost always centered around a conversation, inspiration, an event, a circumstance or another friend. It was all based off of experiences. Ideas are shaped by experiences I have each day. My ideas are only as good as my experiences.

So how do we get more great ideas?
Do more stuff. That is it, simply put, experience more things.

It is kind of a weird thought, to come up with something new you have to go off of something old. But, if I have seen anything come from my ideas it is all based off of past experiences.

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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • brianfalexander

    I guess that is why one of the most successful super bowl commercials this year was actually a remake of an older commercial/speech and not completely original. So..God made a farmer. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/04/mi-chrysler-tv-ads-idUSnPnDE53342+160+PRN20130204 Loved it!

  • http://twitter.com/scottesavage scottesavage

    As a pastor, my best illustrations come from my experience. And for me to have the kind of broad experience, I must be engaged in real life with real people – not just in my job at church with church people. Love your line of thought here.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylereed

      Totally agree Scott. Those are always the best illustrations anyways…the real ones

  • bradblackman

    You can go a lot of places with this. There’s nothing really new, and everything is a remix, ultimately. Also, experience as much as you can while you’re young, because soon, you end up with a lot of obligations (mortgage, spouse, kids, etc.) and going off on adventures is difficult. But, you learn commitment and have a whole new set of experiences. Watching my third child learn to crawl is just as enjoyable as the other two.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylereed

      Love that perspective Brad. You have experienced each one of your kids crawl, but it is different each time and brings different emotions and feelings.