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  • If something is useful for you, it is always useful for someone else
  • Even as a student, you can use the 20% rule: five hours of work and a required one hour of “me time” to do your own projects to be practised every day

A little chaos is good once in a while, it allows accidental connections (serendipity) that may prove highly useful. There are ways to consciously put yourself into a dream state. An idea to stimulate this randomness is to take a walk, away from the routine of life--- just you with your thoughts




  • The eureka moment often doesn’t happen at the work desk but during casual discussion of the work with others who inquire and force you to delve deeper. (Doing it solo is only going to get you so far, a peer group is required)
  • Many partia...

  • Don’t keep thinking, start building your idea right from the get-go
  • An idea should not be a single strand, it must be a very vast and sufficiently flexible network. (Not too stiff and not too chaotic either, networks must be liquid)...

  • Creating a fertile environment (a mix of strict and relaxed areas like MIT’s Building 20 and Microsoft's Building 99) and having good people around will aid you in becoming more creative with observations and ideas.
  • Innovation fo...

  • Reading a varied assortment of authors and topics helps develop yourself. 
  • If you can’t make time to read every day, allot ‘reading vacation days/sabbaticals’ where you can marathon through a chosen set of books in one go. 
  • This cramping of ...

  • The connection of similar minds is important. You can understand how people of the same field differ in attitudes towards certain topics, this understanding can help improve on the initial idea.
  • Tires to sandals principle: ...

  • Actively try to make yourself the bridge between different groups of people, always make the effort to expand your social circle (coffeehouse model), the interweaving of seemingly distant ideas is a common form of creatively (strength o...

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