Ideas are just a multiplier of execution, kinda like a map.


In general, I’ll buy this, but take the analogy a slightly different direction.

Ideas are just a map that you’ve concocted based on how you see the lay of the land. Your map may be 0%, 0.1%, 1%, 10% or 100% accurate. It may help you get to the ultimate destination. It may lead you to the buried treasure, or find some multiple of places to dig, but, at the end of the day, the map is irrelevant if you find some other way to get there or some other method to find and extract the gold.


Are screens killing our creativity?

As personal experiment, I’m trying to do more organizing and writing on paper, then digitizing. Digital formats seem to reduce the dimensions of our thinking as we are forced to work in 2ish dimensions, while our brains are still wired for working in 3-4 dimensions. Twitter, which I love, seems to nearly reduce our interactions to one linear dimension. What we gain in volume I fear we lose in depth.

I’ve seen a few items on childhood development where kids shouldn’t spend a few hours a day in front of the TV because of the reduced dimensions, but what about us adults? We spend any number of increasing hours in a mostly 2 dimensional world. What are the effects on our thinking? Any thoughts, links? Do you ever feel reading and writing in digital format hamper your creativity?