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5 Simple Ways to Consistently Come Up with Fresh And Creative Ideas

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Good ideas are the lifeblood of any successful endeavour. Here are 5 ways to always come up with fresh and creative ideas.

1. Consider what you consume

James Webb Young, in his book A Technique for Producing Ideas, defines it like this: “An idea is nothing more nor less than a new combination of old elements.”

The best new ideas spring out of a wealth of raw material: things you’ve read, seen, and experienced, that’s why different people can be working on the same project but are all using differently approaches and all see different final result.

The books, TV shows, articles, and movies you consume, the people you interact with, and the experiences you have all influence the ideas you generate. In order to always come up with fresh creative ideas yourself, you will need a flow of new ideas.

 

2. Capture ideas when they come

How many times has the “perfect idea” crossed your mind  for that project you’ve been working on for a while. It’s such a great idea, happy to have finally come up with the perfect line, you nod off, smiling and peaceful. The next day, of course, it’s gone. All that you remember is that there’s something you should remember.

Inspiration strikes when you least expects it. Making a habit of always capturing and storing ideas when they come will leave you with a reservoir of awesomeness.

3. Observe and research

Whatever you are working on. There are already lots of clues you can work with. You just need to find them. You need to be curious and have a learning mentality.

By just being curious and asking questions, you can come up with lots oh ideas you never noticed.

Bryan Mattimore, cofounder of The Growth Engine Co., an innovation agency, and author of 21 Days to a Big Idea: Creating Breakthrough Business Concepts maintains that observing the history of inventors and the methods they used to come up with ideas reveals that “95% of the time they had a challenge that they had in their head, and they would see something in the external world that would trigger the solution.” Mattimore points to Eli Whitney taking inspiration for creating the cotton gin from a cat reaching through a fence trying to grab a chicken, which is a research point in his book.

Andrew Ng, formerly of Google and now of Baidu says “In my own life, I found that whenever I wasn’t sure what to do next, I would go and learn a lot, read a lot, talk to experts. I don’t know how the human brain works but it’s almost magical: when you read enough or talk to enough experts, when you have enough inputs, new ideas start appearing.”

4. Generate as many ideas as possible

Set aside time to think up several possible ideas . Don’t worry about them not being good enough. This shouldn’t be a stressful process. Just get them down on the page

James Altucher author of Choose Yourself recommends writing down 10 new ideas every single day. The thought is that, just by forming the habit of consistently coming up with ideas, you’re more likely to get to the good ones. You become an “idea-generating machine.”

5. Seek out new experiences

A new experience can offer exactly the change of perspective you need to stimulate new ideas. Do something out of the ordinary to get out of your routine and provide inspiration for new ideas.

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