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The light bulb. Bubble wrap. The Post-It. The iPod. The Snuggie. Facebook. Twitter.
These inventions, products, and businesses all started with an idea. An idea that to anyone other than its creator(s) may have seemed like an insane thing to invest much time, money, or effort in bringing to fruition.
But for the masterminds behind these great ideas, the risk paid off and so too can your next great idea.
Everyone has great ideas. The problem for most people is realizing that even the most silly or outrageous idea they come up with could in fact work. Generating ideas—useful ideas—is a skill, and, like any other skill, it can be learned. The more you practice, the easier it will be to come up with ideas whenever you need them.