How to be an idea machine

Here is a situation which has happened to all of us: you’re holding your head in desperation at the world around you. Everything seems to be going wrong, and just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. There seems to be no solution and you’re trying not to panic. Suddenly, however, a lightbulb appears. You have an idea. An idea which could be a good idea. An idea which could help you get out of this mess. You lift your head and slowly start developing this thought into a great idea, into a solution.

This situation could be called survival mode. It is when you are reaching rock bottom you’re your brain suddenly comes up with a great idea, like a second chance. It might not happen every time, but when it does, it feels great. So, what if could get your brain to create more of these great ideas, but without having to go into survival mode? This is what will be discussed in this article: how to create excellent ideas whenever and wherever.

Idea generating is like a muscle. As you put more practice into creating ideas, the more ideas you will be able to create, and the better they will become. If you want more good ideas, you will have to practice creating both bad and good ones. Your objective right now might be to produce high quality ideas, but I’m telling you for the moment focus on creating ideas in high quantity. The quality comes with practice. As you have more and more ideas, you will have more and more good ideas. Good ideas will open another world to you. They will generate good experiences, good investments and good solutions. It will feel like a superpower, the ability to always have an idea and to always be creatively thinking out of the box. You will learn how to follow through with good ideas, how to throw away the bad ones and to be constantly thinking for more options.

So how do you get this superpower? This method is taken from James Altucher, a successful blog writer. He says it’s very simple: practice. Every day write down 10 ideas. It doesn’t matter if they are rubbish or excellent, they just have to be ideas. If you can’t think of 10 ideas, do 20. The concept is that your muscle won’t build until you make it sweat. Buy a small writing pad, and every day write a list of 10 ideas about something. It could be ways to make money, business ideas, book ideas, etc. Can’t find any inspiration? Read a book, talk to someone, watch a video. Find creative ways to exercise those 10 ideas. A tip: the first list you could write could be 10 different titles of each list of ideas. According to James Altucher, after 6 months you will notice a drastic difference. People will come to you for ideas, your opinion will always be taken into consideration, you will end up being paid for them, your business will never be boring, and endless other benefits.

These 5 to 10 minutes a day you spend writing that list will make a huge difference. Once you see a great idea, follow through with it. Plan the small steps to make it successful and effective. Join it together with other ideas to develop it even further. Once you get this muscle going, you will be unstoppable. You will realise that money making is only a side benefit, that what you are creating is a mechanism of greatness. You will become a source of solutions, concepts, whatever you want. You will become an effective idea machine.


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  • Jm Llibre

    Brilliant article well put together. Create volume of solutions to a given obstacle and then select best options.