Put Some Ideas Aside

You're inevitably going to have to say 'no' to some of the ideas you want to execute. Give your ideas room to breathe before you assess them.

  • Look at your ideas objectively.
  • Choose the ones that have the best chance for success or that support your goals the best.
  • Put other ideas aside for a while. 
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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 and recombine them to create new ideas. 

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.'

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.

Thomas Schnauz
"You've got to be free to say any dumb thing, because a lot of times when you say something stupid, a good idea arises from it."

The most successful ideas will be related to your own particular observations on your needs, or what you see is missing in the world.

If you have a stack of ideas, you have to be ruthless about which ones you choose to pursue.

Give time for the ideas to settle. You'll find you are much less excited about some of the ideas you've written down. During the process of pursuing an idea, someone will have to be personally convicted of the idea and want to fight for it.

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Always collect good material

Writing is like pursuing a healthier lifestyle. It all depends on what we consume. Therefore we must take into consideration what we read, listen to, watch, and experience.

Every experience you get from books, adventures, podcasts, or conversation, is possible material.

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IDEAS

If you want to have a lot of good ideas, you need to expose yourself to good ideas.

This means reading books, having conversations with interesting people, seeking out new experiences, travel and more.

Creativity and problem solving

Creativity is about problem-solving. And creativity is also about finding problems to solve in the first place: perceiving them, defining them, explaining them, and recording them.

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