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Why did you have that idea today instead of yesterday?
Today I knew more?
because yesterday I was too busy trying to fix schedules and appease parents for the upcoming school year…today I get to be human and think for myself!
Because you can’t do anything yesterday, or tomorrow for that matter. Only now. Had I had the idea yesterday it would have been today then…
Because today is the tomorrow that i was so worried about yesterday
Because today I decided to focus my attention on the problem that needs solving.
Yesterday was Friday the 13th, and I was too busy fighting off zombies.
Yesterday I wasn’t pissed.
Today is tomorrow’s yesterday.
Sometimes all the right notes haven’t been played yet to complete the phrase and often we haven’t been quiet enough to hear them.
Beacuse today… is THE day.
Yesterday’s thinking prepared the way for today’s.
I was having other ideas then.
David William Edwards has the best answer so far. Brian’s was the most honest, and mc’s the funniest.
What? We’re not supposed to vote on the best answers? This isn’t Slashdot?
Why didn’t you post this yesterday?
Ideas have a selection procedure for which human they pick to have it. Bureaucracy even in our shared subconscious.
Yeah, but how are you going to execute your idea?
Because that idea was the next in line…
I gotta second “Why didn’t you post this yesterday?”
mc wins the thread
Why are you asking today instead of yesterday?
And why am I commenting today instead of yesterday?
I second that Brade, MC wins.
Because the deadline was yesterday.
Because yesterday I turned off and didn’t worry about ideas.
Today is a day that I am inspired and open to the idea.
I did have that idea yesterday, but you just never asked! You just don’t care about me anymore!
Because Cobb & team didn’t perform the Inception on me until last night…
Yesterday I was drunk.
Because the problem didn’t need to be solved yesterday.
Because I showered today.
At least I didn’t have it tomorrow. Sheesh!
There is no today or yesterday. Only different vantages of Now.
I fill even worse because I did have that idea yesterday, but I didn’t make it real, and even worse I have today the idea of tomorrow but I don’t know how make it real now…
Conclusion: the worse thing that can happen to you (me) is to have the idea of tomorrow with the lack of knowledge to make it…
Ideas don’t come out of the blue on one specific day or moment, you build them on top of a whole bunch of disconnected thoughts, which come from things you saw or read or experienced over a period of time.
I can never think of some idea I had and say, yes, I thought of that idea on such and such day.
Today I had that idea because I had the conversation, saw the person, heard the ad, was in a particular environment, played with the app, browsed the website, or observed something interesting.
I took a second to think about what I saw/heard/felt/experienced and then applied that principle to a problem I was trying to solve.
Because today I…
1. Encountered a new problem.
2. Was inspired by a work/individual.
3. Discovered/learned something new.
4. Drank 3 cups of coffee instead of 2.
5. Needed a paycheck. Badly. ;-)
I did actually had that idea yesterday, but there was no internet talk about it.
Read “Strategic Intuition” by William Duggan. Good explanation for the question.
because today i’ve visited and readed useit.com articles (after a long time without doing it). it’s so clear and concise that helped me to think clearer.
Wordsworth would say I needed leisure time to digest the information. Check out the introduction to Lyrical Ballads for an explanation.
Frame of mind today and engaging conversation last night have triggered some new ideas that just weren’t quite ready yesterday.
Because the guy I stole it from today didn’t tell me about it yesterday :P
I didn’t have the itch I needed to scratch yesterday.
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