“Broad ideas influence more people. Specific ideas influence people more.”

“Broad ideas influence more people. Specific ideas influence people more.”

—James Clear, author, entrepreneur, and photographer

Image from Unsplash by Mark Fletcher-Brown

On any give weekday it is possible for thousands of people to be influenced by this blog via email, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

For the past ten years I have attempted to share daily nuggets of wisdom to influence many people with thought-provoking and/or motivational quotes, a coaching commentary, and an exercise to dig deeper and apply these ideas.

With many of us overwhelmed by far too much information from far too many sources, my efforts to have people invest five to ten minutes per week are not always successful.

During the same five days, four to six individuals invest an hour to engage me in a variety of specific ideas and approaches through one-on-one coaching, to impact and enhance aspects of their personal or professional lives.

EXERCISE:

What impact are you attempting to have with people in your various communities?

Where are specific — rather than broad — ideas the way to go to have the level of influence you intend?

 

“May you have ideas so big they grow wings!”

“May you have ideas so big they grow wings!”

—Author Unknown

1903 Wright Flyer, Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum.

On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers had a big idea that grew wings and took flight.

For many years, man has looked to nature for some other remarkable ideas that also took flight, including:

  • The Robotic Arm, patterned after an Elephant’s Trunk
  • The Bullet Train, patterned after the shape of a Kingfisher
  • Better X-Ray Vision, based on a Lobster’s vision
  • Harvesting Water, patterned after the Stenocara Desert Beetle
  • The Energy Grid, based on the hive mind of bees
  • Adhesives, patterned after the feet of the Gecko
  • Wind Turbines, based on the fins of Humpback Whales
  • The Shock Absorber, based on the beak of the Woodpecker
  • Ventilation Systems, patterned after Termite mounds

EXERCISE:

What are some of your best idea-generating strategies? When are your most creative times of the day?

Consider both times of great and limited focus to exercise both sides of your amazing brain.

Now, most importantly, which of these need less drag and more lift to take flight?