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Nurture Your Ideas

Posted by Herman Najoli on April 25, 2010

There’s a quote that I once heard which has been attributed to a number of people. It’s about the delicacy of new ideas and how they can easily be lost. It says, “A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” My hope through this post is to inspire you to live an epic life by nurturing your ideas.

Ideas are seeds of potential and promise. Careful nurturing of ideas leads to breakthroughs and success. Poor nurturing results in a failure of not knowing what might have been. I grew up on a farm in the Western region of Kenya. We had lots of chicken and one of my favorite tasks was collecting eggs after they had been laid. Eggs for me have always symbolized ideas – you drop them and they are gone. It’s very hard to salvage a dropped egg. I’ve seen some people scoop it up and still use it but by that time it’s already a mess that not worth saving.

Well after the eggs had been laid, I would go around and collect them into a nice padded bucket. Some of the eggs would go to the market right away and others would be carefully selected and put aside so that the hen can brood on them at the opportune moment. There are some eggs that are usually ready to go to the market soon after they are generated. These eggs don’t last long in the market. After a short while they get cooked and eaten. But there are those eggs which are brooded on by the mother hen. These eggs usually hatch into beautiful chicks which become the hope of the future of poultry population.

Now, think about your ideas. Are you sending them to the market too early or brooding on them? Do you want to add value or to multiply value? Which one is more preferable to you: making profits or reaching pure potential? Learn to nurture your ideas and your ”brooded on” idea will become the seed of pure potential. 

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One Response to “Nurture Your Ideas”

  1. Natasha said

    You are a beautiful writer.

    You are right, Oprah has not done anything offensive to me personally, and in fact my thoughts about her are complicated. In some ways she makes a great role model, but I think that too often, she uses her power and influence in negative ways. I appreciate her anti-war stance, and her endorsement of reading, but I think that her endorsement of pseudoscience such as The Secret and her sympathy towards paranormal claims is harmful and dangerous. See these these two essays for an explanation of why I feel this.

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