Having ideas might make someone feel creative, but it doesn’t necessarily mean such a person is vitally creative. Vital creatives, professionals, true artists, whatever you want to call them, are not successful because they have the most ideas. Everyone has ideas. The difference is that successful creatives know which ideas to choose and which ones to the let die. They know which ones to pursue immediately, and which ones to place on the list marked “Someday” or “Soon.”
Pros have a nose for good ideas. They know how to separate the wheat from the chaff. (Discernment)
Pros also know how to get things done. They possess the drive and the skills needed to form the separated wheat into a delicious meal. (Execution)
A million ideas are worth nothing if we do not choose one. And unless we execute, even the idea we do choose will never reach it’s full potential.
Executing on the right ideas is just one more distinction between the artist and the bum.