Improving your idea-flow
A lower idea-flow is this sense that you don't have as many ideas as you used to. Reading more encourages ideas to flow.
You can't create time, you can only re-allocate it. To find the time for improving your idea-flow means that you have to find ways to cut back on other things.
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Developing good ideas is an active process. The ideas that are starting to form should be coaxed out of you.
One way to improve ideas is to think of sources of information as being in memetic buckets. If your idea inputs come from the same memetic bucket, your outputs will replicate the same concepts in that bucket. Your thoughts won't be new or particularly interesting.
To combat this:
When you catch yourself thinking "that's crazy," try to figure out why someone would believe that idea.
People are mostly logical, their starting point is just different. When you try to see if you can find the premises for someone's beliefs and ideas, their conclusions will make more sense. Even if you disagree, understanding where they are coming from will help you better understand your own ideas.
Cut your sources of information so you don't hear the same thing in five different ways.
Realize when you should let go of certain inputs, even if you enjoy them.
No matter how busy successful people are, they always spend at least an hour a day (thus five hours a week) learning or practicing. And they do this across their entire career.
Barack Obama is far from the only leader to credit his success to reading. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, Mark Cuban and Jack Ma are all voracious readers.
At its core, an argument consists of a conclusion and one or more premises, or claims.
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