Step 3. Understand why they succeed - Deepstash

Step 3. Understand why they succeed

To generate great ideas, look around for clues. 

  • You can deduce the reasons why something is successful by asking the relevant people why they like it.
  • If it is an unexpectedly successful blog post, read the comments. 
  • Observe. People often are not able to accurately articulate why they like something.

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What ideas are

An idea is a connection between two concepts.

Steve Jobs said that creativity is just connecting things. When you understand that and think of ideas in that way, the process of generating ideas will seem a lot less intimidating.

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Select the area that you would like to generate the idea in.  Define it clearly and be as specific as possible.

Is it blog post ideas, local business ideas?

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Pick out the best ideas and start analyzing them. Eliminate until you have about 10 ideas left.

Use the great ideas and see how they perform.

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Set roughly 45 minutes aside, where you only write down ideas about the area that you have chosen. 

Don't worry about how bad the ideas seem. Just write them down. Do this for about 10 days.

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Look for surprisingly successful things. Look for the things that look out-of-place in the area that you've chosen, but are performing above expectations.

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The organized workspace

The general condition of your living environment affects your personal productivity.

A well organized work space makes you feel in control, and clearly focus and define areas that may need proper attention. It can literally eliminate distractions, position you for success, save you time and help you stay super productive.

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The junk drawer

The "junk drawer" has become a universally acknowledged space where you store all the things that doesn't seem to have a place. It is not always a drawer - it could be a room, box, or a corner in the attic.

In truth, most of us have one, and almost none of us know how to deal with it.

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