Thursday, February 10, 2011

How valuable is an idea?

The most valuable thing in the world is idea. Ideas are valuable than all the valuables in the material form. All the valuables in material form if lost could be found easily than a idea lost after conceived. So, it is important to store ideas in text form. "Opportunity knocks the door once" is an old proverb. In the same lines, seldom an unpreserved idea never returns. Ideas and the knowledge created by a person need to be passed to the next generations.

History speaks volumes on the ideas lost due to unsecured methods of preservation of ideas. Ideas are not for keeping to oneself. They need to be shared with others. That is when, ideas grow through multiple inputs from others. Ideas kept to oneself dies along with the person. The ideas, the knowledge from them and the hardwork put up for the generation of those knowledge become fruitless if the ideas were not passed to the world. Governments around the globe use the patenting system for securing ideas of individuals thereby preventing ideas from dying along with the conceiver.

In ancient times, scholars with a broad mind wanted their knowledge to be immortal unlike them. They stored their knowledge in the best technique available to them at that time. Some of these techniques were carvings on clay, stone and rock. As time passed, dyes were used to write on palm leaves and paper. So, always it is good to carry an equipment where you can store your idea in text form. The equipment could be anything as simple as a pen and paper to hi-tech electronic notebook.


  1. I do agree. Ideas are born and it needs a proper channel to get stored and executed to get the thoughts into actions in reality. From my experience an idea is stand alone. Thinking about an idea is way easier, that’s the power of our mind. But the biggest challenge lies when one tries to bring that idea to reality and practical use. That’s when the idea is valuable.

    Let’s try to understand this better. I am right now thinking about the World Cup Cricket 2011. I wish I was part of the Indian team and have the proud to play for the country. WoW, what an idea! But did you realize that it’s just in my mind, or in every indian’s mind. How am I going to do that? Well that’s not easy, it needs a lot of determination, practice, patience and diligence. It’s a matter of time and skill. It’s a matter of choice and luck. It’s a matter of destiny and perseverance. There are a lot of hurdles that one has to go through to achieve that idea. An idea is a seed to reality.

    "The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself." – American businessman, Bernard Baruch

  2. Dear Ashok,
    You have to understand that idea is different from aspiring or imagination. To play in cricket world cup is not an idea. It is your aspiration.