Quiet! Do You Hear the Echo in Your Head?

Where do ideas come from? Usually, they just pop up, seemingly from nowhere. You might suddenly see them. Or hear them. Sometimes you have to go digging to find them, but not usually.

But that’s how ideas show up. The question remains, where do they originate?

We all have lots of “noise” in our heads these days—messages, images, articles, sounds, songs, Tweets, posts, updates, pitches, “conversations.” Every once in awhile a few of those noise particles ricochet off the walls inside our heads and shoot back an echo – some new, but somehow familiar, mashed-up reflection of everything that’s flying around in there.

The noise is good. Keep it. It’s what echoes are made of. Just remember to turn it off every now and then so you can hear what bounces back.