“And just as Steve loved ideas, and loved making stuff, he treated the process of creativity with a rare and a wonderful reverence. You see, I think he better than anyone understood that while ideas ultimately can be so powerful, they begin as fragile, barely formed thoughts, so easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily just squished.” -Jonathan Ive at the Steve Jobs Tribute on the Apple campus.
The potential usefulness of ideas should never be discounted merely because of the existence of counterexamples and creative challenges.
An idea doesn’t have to be applicable to everything in order to be applicable to some things.
If “yes, but…,” followed by the citation of some condition towards which an idea fails to apply, were sufficient grounds for the dismissal of every new proposal, all progress would be impossible.
Ideas must be groomed by our willingness to think critically and creatively about how we can get the most out of them.
Their value, often disguised as vulnerability, has to be cultivated with patience and persistence.
There are no powerful ideas without powerful people.
All ideas are fragile. It’s only our willingness to work with them that makes them strong.