April 27


How To Unlock Ideas-Self Esteem

By Patrick Turner-lee

April 27, 2019

What came first the Chicken or the Egg?

So I can’t answer that question easily apart from somehow the Chicken evolved along the way !!! Maybe there are some interesting thoughts however that can come from this age-old question.

Like us in a way the chicken is finite in its existence. It has a mission however and that is to create eggs so that another chicken can appear and consequently create more eggs. So if the chicken lays many eggs then there are potentially many chickens laying many more eggs.

Naturally, the eggs need to be fertilised otherwise the eggs have limited use.

So the potential of the egg is a point of interest. What if we don’t know whether it is fertile or not. I am sure there are easy ways to work that out. I think if you shine a light through it perhaps?

Just say though you see two eggs in a nest are you going to know straight away by looking at them whether they are fertile or not? I doubt it!

The egg of course as we know has its uses if it is not fertile and so ideally we just want eggs in the hope that one of them is fertile.

When we buy a car from a showroom it is most likely that as soon as it hits the road the value of this item drops and continues to fall dramatically in the first year of ownership. Is this like a chicken? Actually, we could say that a chicken is more useful as it can produce eggs a car cannot. Well not yet anyway!

It is interesting how humans can be so enamoured with a metal box with wheels used to convey them about a lot that however depreciates in value immediately it is switched on !!!!!!!!!!

If we have a chicken then we can get eggs and with the help of a Cockerel, we can encourage more chicks to become chickens.



I have an idea that is like a chicken and if that idea begins to involve connecting with others it could produce eggs. Now, these eggs could produce more ideas.

It is useful to relate to real life situations when experiencing a block of ideas. This resistance can sometimes be so strong that we are unable to operate. I am not sure that this is in any way simple to overcome. There are some steps that we can employ to push against this door.

Gradually this block will open and we see the reason it was there in the first place. Without some action or project, it is unlikely that we will see any change.

To fertilise the egg the chicken at some point needs to be connected to a Cockerel, which could be someone who is interested in the idea. It could be argued that the eggs that are not fertile are potential ideas that are not sustainable but still of value as they produce some results in the short term.

Part of the connection with others can be enhanced when we make the decision that we could actually help others in some way. This connecting is returning us to our natural state that is not an isolated existence with an independent thought process

Sustainable growth

The fertile eggs that have come from the idea represent future projects. I am sure that once you have discovered a clear way to identify whether the egg is fertile or not then you can perfect the engagement in the connection that has made this possible.

Thinking of this process helps me evaluate whether the actions that I am taking are likely to be short-lived or sustainable. I cannot expect every egg to be fertile but at the same time, I can have confidence that if I make the right connection then eventually a new idea will be forthcoming.

In a previous article, we have been looking at Leadership qualities and many of them have been taking personal responsibility and developing a foundation of self-esteem. I become more convinced that self-esteem lays at the root of resistance to growth and creativity.

We are natural beings so chances are that within life and our environment. the answer can be found.

Easy to miss the obvious

Talking of eggs and chickens somehow brings the question of profound philosophy into an easier to embrace arena. Often our habitual reactions to mundane and maybe not so ordinary events are the indicator of how we value our own life.

Rather than getting wrapped up in the reasons why we have low self-esteem, we could make a decision to take action and notice this tendency. Then we are in a position to address it.

Looking deeply at a problem can in itself distort the truth about the situation that we are experiencing.


Self-esteem may well be the issue that we are endeavouring to calibrate and the best way to do that is to take a step forward. It is possible then to really understand our difficulties in the real world rather than one that is governed by our emotions.

Lack of self esteem or not believing in the power of our own life is the often the cause of any resistance that we experience with our endeavours


Patrick Turner-lee

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