“It (an idea), comes like on a TV in your mind”- David Lynch

If you can stretch to the 2 minutes and 12 seconds this video takes then you won’t regret it.  It’s a fascinating insight into how acclaimed director/creator, David Lynch, cherishes ideas.  Seen here in conversation with Paul Holdengraber, Lynch gives a playful account of how he visualises ideas and where they come from.

We don’t do anything without an idea, so, they’re beautiful gifts.  Desiring an idea is like a bait on a hook… if you catch an idea that you love, that’s a beautiful, beautiful day.  

But he also explains how more often than not, applying patience, incubating, and working with small “fragments” ,as he puts it, can often lead us to us building something more substantial.

You write that idea down so you don’t forget it. And that idea might just be a fragment of the whole, whatever it is you’re working on.  But now you have even more bait.  Thinking about that small fragment, that little fish, will bring in more… and more and more will come in and pretty soon you will have a script.  Or a chair.  Or a painting. Or an idea for a painting.

How do you incubate ideas?  What’s on the TV screen in your mind?  I’d love to know…


Posted by Steven Thomas

Fan of great ideas and (especially) the people that make them work. Steven is the creator of CurveFinder exploring subjects like collaboration, leadership, creative endeavour and personal development. He's spent over two decades working in the UK media industry holding various senior business and creative leadership roles, most recently with a focus on Digital Transformation and Start-ups. Accomplished coach and mentor. Seth Godin's altMBA Alumni. Lives in Edinburgh with his wife and young family. Always in the kitchen at parties.

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