There is no such thing as a truly original idea.
No, I am not saying that to discourage you being creative.
Instead, it is important to understand that every idea is built upon and adapted from something that came before.
All ideas are a new combination of previous knowledge.
But each time you make a new combination, you can tweak, adapt or transform the previous version as well.
Some combinations and tweaks are smaller, more iterative and convergent.
For example, have a look at this set of examples of how famous logos evolved over time. Each step was an iteration, a change to the previous version but still incorporating aspects of the previous version:
Sometimes, these combinations iterations may even be happening in your subconscious while you are not even aware of them.
As a result, when your brain finally combines them in a new way and it comes to your consciousness, it may feel like a Eureka moment where a completely new and original idea comes to you.
However, what happened in the background is the same series of combinations, building blocks, tweaks and iterations.
Every new idea is a remix of what came before.
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