Legend says that the apple that fell from the tree and hit the head of the British scientist Isaac Newton was the source of inspiration for the creation of gravity theory. Experiencing that moment of enlightenment or revelation is like a dream come true among entrepreneurs.
"There's a myth that big ideas are falling from the sky, landing on your knees and bringing you to the billionaire the next day … Anne, it almost never happens," says Reed Hoffman, the company's founder.
In reality, most great ideas do not come this way and it is rare for a businessman to succeed immediately. "The more likely you've been looking, if you want to find your big business idea, you should look for it all the time," says the creator of the social network focused on business, business and employment in his company.
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However, there are environments or moments that prefer ideas to appear. "What is your favorite place to think about?" Hoffman asks his guests, who range from technological leaders to successful entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs.
That's what they answered.
Brian Ski is an American millionaire entrepreneur, co-founder and manager of the Airbnb exchange service. Your favorite place to think of a great idea? The Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco, USA, where he recreates the private life of the entrepreneur and pioneer in the American animation industry.
Mark Zuckerberg is the creator of Facebook and the youngest entrepreneur listed on the Forbes list of billions. Zuckerberg said that his place to think about great ideas is his lawn, walking in circles.
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Caterina Fake is an American entrepreneur and founder of Flickr and Hunch websites. The businesswoman said it was not a place where she was thinking about big ideas, but a moment. "I wake up at very strange hours, I have this time to err between 2:00 and 5:00, which I think and work a lot," he said in an interview.
Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and founder of PayPal. He currently manages the Clarium Capital investment fund and was one of Facebook's first investors. The place you choose to think big is a beautiful place in nature.
Bill Gates is co-founder of Microsoft and the second richest person in the world. The billionaire says that walking and driving are the perfect moments to think.
Cheryl Sandberg is another successful millionaire. She is an economist, writer and current director of Facebook operations. Your place to think big is when you exercise on the treadmill.
John Elkan is an Italian-American entrepreneur, grandchild of Fiat founder and manager of Axor Group, which handles the automotive manufacturer. Your favorite place? "In nature, because on the one hand it really makes you land when you see how amazing it is, on the other hand, it encourages you to think big, dream and be ambitious," Elkan said.
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Finally, Reed Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn says he has two ways to think big. "The first is to talk to other people, one at a time, and I ask them to tell me all the reasons why they think my idea will fail, which allows me to stimulate myself and turn it into something that can succeed," he describes.
As for places, Hoffman says that his favorite place to think about great ideas is a cafe or a new place. "They should have something that allows me to focus on a completely empty page, about a new idea."
And you, do you have room to think about great ideas?