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Isaac Asimov: How to Never Run Out of Ideas Again

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It's about pushing boundaries, failing miserably, and having the strength to stand back up again.

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Isaac Asimov: How to Never Run Out of Ideas Again

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Never Stop Learning

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.

Don’t Fight the Stuck

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.

The Fear of Rejection

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.

"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."

"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."

True Confidence

It's about pushing boundaries, failing miserably, and having the strength to stand back up again.

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Monitor Your Progress

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Break The Cycle Of Rumination
  • Take note of when you’re ruminating and what triggers it until you can see your patterns and find ways to counteract them.
  • Don't trust your first reaction when ruminating. It often colors negatively your read of the situation. 
  • Seek a diversion to break the rumination cycle.
  • Think positively: remembering your successes and times you tried new things helps you to not be avoidant of tasks you can’t do perfectly. 

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