Isaac Asimov: How to Never Run Out of Ideas Again
"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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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.
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.
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.
It's about pushing boundaries, failing miserably, and having the strength to stand back up again.
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