Coming up with great ideas that are actually plausible can at times be difficult and definitely taxing, but actually following through with these plans takes more effort than just doing the legwork. I have often wondered about old ideas and plans I once had that have fallen by the wayside, and I think, what caused these ideas to die? Another question I have is can an idea actually die? Or is it just the ambition of the individual with the idea that dwindles. In order to answer these questions I had to look back at my unpursued ideas, in most cases they did not pan out due to my lack of research, and also due to the people I confided in for counsel. When you have a great idea it is important to find the right people to share the idea with, often times friends are the worst people to build on an idea with, unless it was a shared vision. An idea is like a nice quilt, if you want it you will begin to sew it together, others may want to share the quilt with you, so they will start sewing their own pieces into it, turning it into something you never dreamed it would be. I have never shared an idea with a friend without it eventually losing its relative purity, if you have ever written a book or story, you know the first thing friends do is give advice on what should be added or removed. The death of ideas can not be fully blamed on others, since an idea should be well groomed before presentation, and the presenter should be fully confident in their idea. Ideas die because they are fragile, and if an idea is not solid, it will not grow beyond a simple thought. The best way to keep an idea alive is to remember it, build on it, and research it. A well thought out idea can not easily die, and if an idea is nourished by its originator it can grow into something great.