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Isaac Asimov: How to Never Run Out of Ideas Again

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Isaac Asimov: How to Never Run Out of Ideas Again
To match the number of novels, letters, essays and other scribblings Asimov produced in his lifetime, you would have to write a full-length novel every two weeks for 25 years. Why was Asimov able to...

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Never Stop Learning

Read a lot and follow your curiosity. You should never stop investing in yourself.

To have good ideas, we need to consume good ideas too. Your formal education isn’t the end. If anything, it’s the beginning.

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Don’t Fight the Stuck

Getting stuck is normal. It’s our reaction to it that really matters.

Step aside, find other projects and actively ignore the thing that got you stuck. By doing this, your subconscious creates space for ideas to grow.

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The Fear of Rejection

It transforms us into “perfectionists”. And that is a form of safety.

We all have ideas and we should practice not rejecting them before giving them a chance.

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"Don’t try to paint the Mona Lisa on round one. Lower your standards. Make a test product, a temporary sketch or a rough draft."

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True Confidence

It's about pushing boundaries, failing miserably, and having the strength to stand back up again.

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Incubate your ideas

Regularly review your ideas lists. Incubation helps because just as a spontaneous connection can generate an idea, an incubated idea can spontaneously mature into a plan of action if you take care of it.

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  • It’s good to write first thing in the morning, as you are more creative upon waking.
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Set small, easy to accomplish goals and build upon it. Focus not on the end result, but on the process.