I believe I am very close to determining the answer to what I believe is a question for the ages: What is the value of an idea?
My editor at the newspaper pays $75 for a story that she assigns. But she pays $100 for a story if I come up with the idea for it.
Therefore, an idea is worth $25.
Unfortunately, I made the mistake of thinking about this harder. What if this really proves that an idea is worth 1/4 of whatever a whole project is worth?
The idea that all ideas are worth exactly the same amount is pleasing. And I'll bet it would make intellectual property litigation a lot simpler.
But maybe the latter theory is more plausible. And I'm equally pleased by the statement it makes that at least 3/4 of anything is in the execution, not the idea.