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Are you keeping an idea journal? Are you writing it all down? That really helps me
'm re-reading your post after a while... What have you done with the ideas you came up with day after day? Are you still coming up with 10 ideas every day? Have you started a new business? Have you invented a new product? Have you figured out how to make your bed every day and pick up after yourself -- if so, I have some men in my life for you share with! Have you changed your thinking about the world? Is this exercise an end unto itself? What are the trends in your idea log? Have you identified some progressive lines of thinking -- where one idea leads to another? Has that caused any break-through ideas to come out?
I don't try for your kind of volume of ideas. But, I am a great observer of the world around me. I like to marry two or more stand-alone ideas. My favorite definition of genius is the person who takes common elements and puts them together or uses them in unique ways. I want to be that person.
I find that my creative ideas come in groups... they are threads that lead to new ideas and ways of thinking. Go back and study your lists. Look for trends and relationships. Sleep on it. Daydream. Give yourself the time and space for your mind to work through the possibilities. The process takes quiet contemplation. Just don't force the process. I LOVE those ah-ha moments when things finally come together.I have large notepad which is basically my idea notepad. I prefer having a large one as if I have an idea I start drawing it out and it really helps me to visualise it.
I haven't come up with 10 ideas each day, but I am achieving it every other day and it's led me to start a new podcast which I'm recording first next week and I have an idea that I'm starting to build out for a subscription business. Both these ideas stemmed from writing down ideas and getting the creative juices flowing.
Marrying two stand-alone ideas can make you come up with some weird and wonderful stuff!!
Thoughts for ideas come when you want to improve something or make it easier to use. Expand the consumption of a narrowly directed object and then it will be much easier to come up with an idea.Hi Everyone,
I'm on a mission to become an idea machine and I'm challenging myself to come up with 10 ideas everyday. I'm curious to see how you might come up with ideas.
Here's how I do it so far:
My aim is to build a strong idea muscle through working it out everyday that I will find an idea that I'll be confident enough to being me to the fastlane.
- Idea sex: mix two random products together = ?'s
- Problem based: Either through my own problems, or asking questions to friends and families about their problems
- "Wouldn't it be great if....".... finish the sentence with what product or service you think would be great
- Imagining the future: What do you think the future will look like and what products and services will need to be around to support it
- Reverse imagination: What things do we use/or do that people will look back on in 10 years time and think, "wow, that was stupid" (such as reading maps!)
- Plus just general lists like:
- Ideas for a podcast
- Things that annoy me
- Things that would make me laugh
- Ideas for TV shows or movies
How do you come up with ideas?
I have so many ideas, ideas, ideas...it's almost a burden. Because the choice becomes much harder.
Ideas are a dime a dozen. It's execution that counts. When it comes to ideas where I think: "Wow, there's real value to be created", they come from consumer complaints.
Ideas are all around you every day. The important thing you have to teach yourself is awareness. My best source of ideas was one of my ex-girlfriends. She was so often frustrated with the products she used and vented about it. All I had to do was listen.
BTW: A lot of people think they aren't creative. But they are. When I taught business, I sent teams of four outside for an hour, and they had to come back with 20 business ideas. "Impossible", they said. Oh, it is possible. But you have to kill your inner censor. We put 80 ideas on the blackboard and then voted for the best ones. Carl Barks once said: "What made me great was a big garbage bin". Same goes for ideas. Create a lot, and throw a lot of them away.
There are studies that say that too many choices cause people not to focus on one idea or solution. There are books about how people do nothing rather than making a decision. You're human. Forgive yourself and cut your list down to only a few items. Then create a plan and a timeline to try out one of your ideas. There is no perfect idea... nor business... nor plan... nor the time to start...Love this, what's your process for validation? I have really become aware that I am talking myself out of EVERY idea I have, it's like I'm waiting for "the one"...
I do have a current concept I'm working on which I am in the process of testing (via surveys, landing pages etc.) but I'm not even sure I know what result I'm looking for...
Love this, what's your process for validation?
Note to the haters before you chime in: Pre-selling is done all the time. When you order from amazon you are paying BEFORE receiving the goods (days later). When you pre-order a book ....its a pre-sale. When you buy an airline ticket for next year's vacation its a pre-sale. If the big dogs are doing it, we little validators can too.
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Some of these are a little off.
You are comparing building out a full business, to products already existing and in stock or a service already running.
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