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.
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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