Harvard psychologist Stephen Kosslyn says that ideas can be acted upon four ways…
First, you must generate the idea.
Second, you have to retain the idea.
Third, you need to inspect (study) the idea.
Fourth, you have to be able to transform the idea. That is, alter it in a way that suits your purpose.
It’s very difficult to be good at each of these.
That’s why it’s a good idea to collaborate with like-minded people.