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25 Simple Ways for Entrepreneurs to Find Inspiration

Stop Being a Perfectionist

For a moment, allow something to be imperfect. Start acting, even if that means going forward with an idea that isn't totally refined just yet.

Don’t forget that failure is actually a lesson and a requirement to accomplishing most things.

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25 Simple Ways for Entrepreneurs to Find Inspiration

25 Simple Ways for Entrepreneurs to Find Inspiration

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Keep Pushing

You need a lot of good ideas to make a business work. Follow up on your first idea and keep tackling new problems for as long as it takes.

Tackle Small Problems

If you can't find a creative solution to a big problem, start by working on smaller problems so you can work your way up to the bigger problem.

Simplify

Sometimes a lack of inspiration can come from working on too many projects. 

Cut out extraneous tasks and focus on solving one problem at a time.

Be The Dumbest Person In The Room

Do your best to surround yourself with people smarter than you. They will push you to come up with new ideas and help you refine them into practical applications.

Be Creative In Other Ways

Paint, write fiction or poetry, play an instrument… Being creative can inspire you for creative business ideas.

Look At Your Own Life

Think about the problems you encounter on a day-to-day basis. What frustrates you, and how could you potentially remove that frustration?

Never Stop Learning

Take classes in your spare time, read scholarly articles and listen to lectures. The more you learn, the more opportunities you have to make connections and discover new ideas.

Seek Knowledge

The internet is the world's largest and most varied library. Letting yourself be drawn down a path of links and idle searches can take you to a new and fascinating idea.

History books are also full of great ideas and they often come with the processes and influences behind those great ideas. Tracing the creativity of great minds in the past can help you find new solutions in the present.

Don't Analyze

Spend time brainstorming without scrutinizing your ideas. Throw out anything and everything, then go back later to see if anything makes sense.

Evaluate Your Goals

Maybe your struggle for inspiration is symptomatic of a deeper issue. Are your efforts actually being focused in the right direction?

Focus On Yourself

Take a vacation, get enough sleep, listen to new music, do what it takes to get in the right place for yourself. Once you are there, creativity will come more naturally.

Stop Being a Perfectionist

For a moment, allow something to be imperfect. Start acting, even if that means going forward with an idea that isn't totally refined just yet.

Don’t forget that failure is actually a lesson and a requirement to accomplishing most things.

Ask Around And Question Things

Sometimes it just takes a different perspective. Seek those who may have useful knowledge on the issue you’re trying to solve.

When you get a new idea don't let it slip by without being examined, tested and turned on its head.

Regain Your Focus

Spend some time away from the cell phone, the Internet or anything else that pulls you away from the problem at hand.

Meditating and hitting the gym also gives you focus and takes your mind away from past and future concerns. Besides, it keeps your body and mind in good shape.

Broaden Your Horizons

The physical space around us has a surprising impact on thought processes. Spending time brainstorming away from your usual environment can increase your productivity.

Traveling is also a great way to see how the rest of the world lives. You can get inspiration from seeing new ways of doing things or discovering needs you didn't know existed.

Writing And Reading

Read on a wide range of topics to widen your knowledge and discover new connections. And when the new ideas start showing up, write them down.

Write your ideas, good or bad. Putting your thoughts on paper makes it easier to go back to find the stroke of genius and teaches you about how your own brain works.

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Find places that inspire you

You might not be in a position to choose your workspace, but there are quick fixes: look for a spot with natural light from a window or skylight, take a walk outside when you feel stuck, or simply explore a new location. 

A new environment can quite literally lead to new ideas.

Task association

It's when your brain knows that when you’re in a certain place, you’re taking a certain action.

Take advantage of the way different locations affect you. Our brains love habits, and if we can associate certain qualities with different places, it can help us get into a better working flow. 

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Creativity expectations

Our expectations of how creativity should look like block us. Creative inspiration is all around us, but we don’t see it because we've grown up being taught to look for it in spec...

To feel more creative:

  • Take a break. Give your brain some space to think of other things.
  • Expand your definition of creativity. You’re probably conditioned to look for it in specific places. Break that mold.
  • Limit yourself. Fewer tools and less time, counterintuitively, force you to be more creative.

How Ideas are Made

Generating ideas is the process of finding new connections between old ideas.

We have to be able to connect the dots, cross-pollinate ideas from various disciplines, and combine ...

Seth Godin

Seth Godin

"Someone asked me where I get all my good ideas, explaining that it takes him a month or two to come up with one and I seem to have more than that. I asked him how many bad ideas he has every month. He paused and said, 'None.'"

A Safe Environment

Create a safe place, free from criticism, because we tend to clam up if we feel like we're going to be criticized.

Rather than criticizing what you don't like, focus on getting ideas out in the open so you can build on them.

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