It is fascinating to think how we get new ideas and meet new people. Both follow trails. Ideas and epiphanies move incrementally and then make a big leap every once in a while. When that happens, we should stop and think what triggered that. Was it a comment someone made, or something we saw. A similar trail applies to meeting new people. Who introduced (or referred) us to this person. What’s the chain of people that was followed to get to meet this person. (After all, we are all only six degrees apart.)
I try and do this now much more than I used to. What are the events and who are the people making a difference. Who bring out the best in me when it comes to ideas. Who help me reach to the most new people. Can I do more of that. It may start off as just an intellectual exercise, and could end up as a valuable marketing and business aid.