What are the patterns of thinking that generate more creativity and, therefore, opportunity? Can we nurture them in ourselves? We can!


More than a century ago, the great mind behind the invention of vaccinations and pasteurization said:

 “Chance favors only the prepared mind.” — Louis Pasteur

What does that quote mean to you?

Let’s attempt to answer that questions by watching two videos by Mr. Steven Johnson, a thought leader at the intersection of technology, science, and everyday experiences. Both videos are titled Where Good Ideas Come From, though they take us in remarkably different directions.

This first short video is a wonder! I’ve heard it called a “mind map.” Then, we’ll follow that with Johnson’s TED Talk from TED Global which is an expansion of the short piece: a load of great, often counter-intuitive, insights for us!

Let’s get started!

Here’s Steve Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From, posted by RiverheadBooks on YouTube. It’s about creativity and connection, visualized perfectly by way of a great mind map…

Nice, huh?

I can recommend watching that video a few times. There’s so much there that I missed the first time through. I’ve been through it three times already, and each time I learn something new.

But the biggest takeaway from the mind map seems to be the idea that we need to really mingle, reach out, and connect on a deeper level to launch our own hunches into breakthroughs.


And a simple look at history would tell us plainly, people do seem to succeed in groups. It sounds like we should take some steps to increase the collision of hunches and ideas, maybe surround ourselves with smart people who might add their hunches with our hunches.

In researching today’s article, we started to really ponder the phrase “you become who you hang out with.”

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What if we were to substitute the word “connected” for “prepared” in that Louis Pasteur quote from the beginning of the article: Chance favors the connected mind.

Who are you and I connecting to these days? Will they add to our hunches and ideas, or shoot them down?

Something to think about!

Next up, as promised, Mr. Johnson’s mind map version of Where Good Ideas Come From is also a highly decorated TED Talk. Let’s delve even deeper into the idea of connecting for creativity. Here are some real, usable tools.


Via: TED 2

Lovely! I’ll be searching out opportunities to ask someone “What do you think?” more often today!

Stay open, curious and hopeful. Have a great day!

~ Dr. Lynda

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  1. “WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson.” YouTube. RiverheadBooks, 17 Sept. 2010. Web. 12 Feb. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NugRZGDbPFU>.
  2. Johnson, Steven. “Where Good Ideas Come from.” TED. N.p., July 2010. Web. 12 Feb. 2015. <https://www.ted.com/talks/steven_johnson_where_good_ideas_come_from?share=12ff646dac&language=en>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world. Hear her latest conversations with thought leaders on the Conspiracy of Goodness Podcast--new episodes every Wednesday!