The best speaker this morning was Matthew Diffee, who does hilarious cartoons for The New Yorker. And had some pretty interesting things to say about ideas as well.
"In any business, coming up with ideas helps."
He says the question he gets asked most often is, how do you come up with your ideas? His answer: "Like you, I think of them."
He went on to explain that ideas are actually work, and require thinking. He suggests that it is a good idea to get in the habit of creating new ideas frequently. The important thing is not to have "one great idea" -- it's to have "thousands of good ideas."
His closing thoughts were also pretty wise, despite being humorous: "You're probably not as good as you think you are. But you're also probably not as bad as some other people think you are."
Good words to remember on those days when you think you might never have another good idea.