3 Simple, Regular Practices That Will Help You Come Up With New Ideas
Go on a weekly "artist date", where you feed your inspiration by looking at something artistically nourishing and stimulating.
For example, If you are a writer, you might go for a walk in an arboretum on Monday mornings.
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In a business or creative setting, a monoculture has its own risks, as we habitually turn to the same sources, people and habits for new ideas. Over time, these ideas can take on a similar, predictable taste.
You can build a cross pollination habit through simple, regular practices.
Biographies and how-to guides from other fields can be wonderful sources of inspiration.
What might you gain from reading about and emulating the morning routine of a favorite athlete?
In disciplines with which we are familiar, we tend to approach our projects with a sense of our approach already established.
Explore novel experiences that require close attention and intensely focused thought.
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It means producing something novel or original, evaluating, solving problems, whether on paper, on stage, in a laboratory or even in the shower.
Geniuses know “how” to think, instead of “what” to think.
People who are more creative can simultaneously engage brain networks that don’t typically work together.
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Idea generation is fueled by consumption, not creativity.
Creativity is just connecting things. The more things we have to connect, the better our ideas will become.
To get the most value out of what you consume, it helps to have a mode of output: Talk about it, write about it or condense it into a tweet.
To improve your idea generation, zoom out your perspective to a macro level.
For example, on a micro-level, a Billy Joel concert may just be a fun way to spend a night. On a macro level, it is packed with ideas about how to connect with an audience.
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Creativity isn’t the preserve of one side of the brain, and it isn’t a talent confined to people with a special kind of brain. If you’re human and you’ve got a brain, you’re capabl...
This myth encourages the belief that creativity is a passive process. It suggests you have to wait and hope that you’ll make a breakthrough.
That Eureka moment is actually the last step in a long, involved process and not the only step. For this to happen, your unconscious mind needs material to work with. You have to put in the hard work of studying and mastering your field and exposing yourself to different perspectives.
In reality, creativity is a team sport.
The lone genius myth is a stereotype and it’s unhelpful because it suggests the route to innovation is to cut oneself off from colleagues and collaboration. You need a modest amount of intelligence to be creative, but extremely high IQ is neither sufficient nor necessary for being an innovator.
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