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what according to you is an original idea?

Im sure most people here have had a lot of ideas and a lot of times what seem to be original ideas, are actually not, or are they?
several times i have come up with ideas that get me very excited only to later find out from 'google', that someone out there has already thought of it....

so what constitutes an original idea? and are mine original when infact someone else has thought of it before me?

someone, once said to me, that every idea is taken and most probably they have already started work on it....seems like its true...

is this a case of great minds think alike or at some subconcious level we are all copy-cats?

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    Aug 24 2011: An original idea is something that you act upon. Sure someone may have come up with it already, but you have the ability to add to that idea and make it more original. It is like building a lego structure: you put the main frame together (original thought, the core, the heart) then you continue to add more and more onto it until it is completed. But what is great about Lego is that you can continue to add on past the instruction manuel which means that everything that comes after what the instructions say is your own idea and your own way of making it original.

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