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30 Top Experts On The True Power Of Ideas

Never underestimate the power of a good idea and where it can take you!

It’s hard to believe that just over a decade ago, B2W did not exist! Back when I started blogging, I was on an old AOL Hometown blog (remember those??) and writing about screenwriting, just as a way of giving my script reading clients ‘added value’ in my burgeoning script consultancy.

Yet my blog grew, relocating first to Blogger, then eventually to this platform WordPress in 2012. Various opportunities presented themselves as a direct result! B2W seemed to take on a life of its own as I invested my time and research into it – plus allies in the shape of thought leaders in our writers’ community like Chris Jones came on board in helping shape it.

In short, B2W is the best idea I ever had. I have an entire career because of it!

BUT MORE THAN THAT – I’m proud and delighted to help other writers get ahead in THEIR careers. I wanted to spread the message that if I can do it, a teen single mum working out of her kitchen in Devon, then YOU CAN TOO.

And the message seems to be getting through – I get messages all the time telling me B2W has helped writers believe in themselves, their writing or helped them solved problems with their craft or careers. This is exactly what the site is for, so thanks for involving me in your journeys.

This is why I’m so happy to say B2W has been nominated in the UK Blog Awards 2017. We have to wait and see if it’s been shortlisted yet, but regardless I’m so happy so many of you have flocked to the B2W banner in supporting it, not only for the awards, but EVERY SINGLE DAY. Thanks so much!

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1) John Steinbeck

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

2) Francis Ford Coppola

“You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you’ll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.”

3) Don Marquis

“Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.”

4) Eleanor Roosevelt

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

5) Pericles

“Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all.”

6) Victor Hugo

“Mankind is not a circle with a single centre, but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.”

7) Chuck Palahniuk

“Some of the best ideas I get seem to happen when I’m doing mindless manual labour or exercise. I’m not sure how that happens, but it leaves me free for remarkable ideas to occur.”

8) Dr Dre

“When the ideas are coming, I don’t stop until the ideas stop because that train doesn’t come along all the time.”

9) Robin Williams

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

10) Margaret Heffernan

“For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.”

11) J.J Abrams

“I try to push ideas away, and the ones that will not leave me alone are the ones that ultimately end up happening.”

12) Walt Disney

“Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.”

14) Shirley Chisholm

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”

15) Hyman Rickover

“Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.”


16) Amy Tan

“I write because I know that one day I will die, and thus I should experience as many deliberate observations, careful thoughts, wild ideas, and deep emotions as I can before that day occurs.”

17) John C. Maxwell

“Ideas have a short shelf life. You must act on them before the expiration date.”

18) Mortimer Adler

“Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men.”

19) Julia Cameron

“For most people, creativity is a serious business. They forget the telling phrase ‘the play of ideas’ and think that they need to knuckle down and work more. Often, the reverse is true. They need to play.”

20) Jonathan Ive

“The best ideas start as conversations.”

21) Harvey S. Firestone

“If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your business and your life. Ideas are any man’s greatest asset.”

22) Nancy Gibbs

“I believe ideas matter; the good ones deserve reverence, and the bad ones, defiance.”

23) James Altucher

“Your competition is not other people but the time you kill, the ill will you create, the knowledge you neglect to learn, the connections you fail to build, the health you sacrifice along the path, your inability to generate ideas, the people around you who don’t support and love your efforts, and whatever god you curse for your bad luck.”

24) Willy Ley

“Ideas, like large rivers, never have just one source.”

25) Peter Diamandis

“Lots of people dream big and talk about big bold ideas but never do anything. I judge people by what they’ve done. The ratio of something to nothing is infinite. So just do something.”

26) Edward de Bono

“Studies have shown that 90% of error in thinking is due to error in perception. If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion and this can lead to new ideas.”

27) Michael Morpurgo

“Always write your ideas down however silly or trivial they might seem. Keep a notebook with you at all times.”

28) Mark Billingham

“Whenever people ask where I get my sick and twisted ideas from, I reply, ‘Just open your eyes.'”

29) Amy Poehler

“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” Find your tribe and join ‘Bang2writers’, HERE.

30) Charles Kettering

“Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.”

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