In fact, a very large number of inventions and ideas are generated this way. Sometimes the new idea will be a combination of the two and sometimes the bumping-together sparks a completely different thought.
Due to this, it is much more likely for a “nobody” to show up, with no formal experience, and end up being the savior of an industry.
In order to have unique, brilliant ideas, a person cannot have spent several years doing the same things as everyone else, regardless of how skilled or talented they are.
It takes an outsider…
…If someone is listening.
“I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work … progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready and then it is inevitable.”
– Henry Ford
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination … Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery — celebrate it if you feel like it.”
– Jim Jarmusch
“All ideas are secondhand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources. We are constantly littering our literature with disconnected sentences borrowed from books at some unremembered time and now imagined to be our own.”
– Mark Twain
“Why should it be that just when technology is most encouraging of creativity, the law should be most restrictive?”
– Lawrence Lessig
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask a creative person how they did something, they may feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after awhile. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”
– Steve Jobs
“A man becomes creative, whether he is an artist or scientist, when he finds a new unity in the variety of nature. He does so by finding a likeness between things which were not thought alike before.”
– Jacob Bronowski
“To develop a complete mind, study the science of art, study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
– Leonardo Da Vinci
“An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.”
– Robert Frost
“Innovation is usually the result of connections of past experiences. But if you have the same experiences as everyone else, you are unlikely to look in a different direction.”
– Steve Jobs
“It is the power of creative men to perceive the relations between thoughts, or things, or forms of expression that may seem utterly different, and to be able to combine them into some new forms–the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.”
– William Plomer
“The person who can combine frames of reference and draw connections between ostensibly unrelated points of view is likely to be the one who makes the creative breakthrough.”
– Shekerjian, Denise
“Every creative act is a sudden cessation of stupidity.”
– Edwin Herbert Land