A 5-Step Technique for Producing Ideas circa 1939 - Brain Pickings - Deepstash

It is important to gather a rich pool of raw material. This can only be done by reading extensively and constantly feeding your brain with new ideas. 

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A 5-Step Technique for Producing Ideas circa 1939 - Brain Pickings

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James webb young

The first principle is that an idea is nothing more nor less than a new combination of old elements.

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When we eat, the food is digested in a complex manner. It is tossed and turned and goes through tonnes of different processes just to be digested. 

We must do the same when we are absorbing k...

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james webb young

What you do is to take the different bits of material which you have gathered and feel them all over, as it were, with the tentacles of the mind. You take one fact, turn it this way and tha...

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Once you have wrestled with the facts and digested them, you must now divert your attention away from the problem. 

Try your best to not think of the problem you are trying to solve creativel...

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james webb young

When you reach this third stage in the production of an idea, drop the problem completely and turn to whatever stimulates your imagination and emotions. Listen to music, go to the theatre o...

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Eventually, an idea will seem to pop out of thin air. Without you even thinking about it everything will come together. 

At this stage, you will have a bright idea that you think will work. 

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It will come to you when you are least expecting it — while shaving, or bathing, or most often when you are half-awake in the morning. It may waken you in the middle of the night....

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At this stage, you realise that your idea is probably not as ideal as you thought you were initially. However, that does not mean it is a bad idea. 

This is the moment where you spend time de...

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james webb young

It requires a deal of patient working over to make most ideas fit the exact conditions, or the practical exigencies, under which they must work.

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