When he was a 23-year old waiter, Rob Angel’s roommate invited him to play “charades on paper,” a made-up game that involved drawing out words that were randomly picked from the dictionary. Angel realized the potential of this activity and turned the idea into Pictionary, a board game that has sold over 32 million copies.
Pictionary wasn’t Angel’s idea but he is the one who turned the concept into a tangible product. He saw what could be and put in the work and effort to make it become reality. The result provided countless hours of fun as well as a profitable business.
There are many steps in the creative or entrepreneurial process. All the initial ideas don’t have to be yours. There is a role for people to see gaps and fill them, to take something new and see its potential, or to turn others’ concepts into something more. You don’t have to be the one who generates the initial notion, but you do have to be paying attention enough to recognize the lightbulb when it goes off — and then be willing to act on it.
As psychologist Edward de Bono said: “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” Inspiration is all around you. Turn it into something great.