From FastCompany: The inverse relationship between number of ideas and amount of resources is what Smart Design's Gordon Hui calls "the pipeline paradox." But it can be avoided.
From the author of 'Getting Things Done' at Do Lectures: Unlike a computer, we can not add more RAM to our brains. So we have to free up RAM so we can think more. David Allen gives us a system to set us free.
From Nate Williams: There are 3 things that have really helped me with idea generation. Feed the subconscious, record and retrieve inspirational moments and ideas and find patterns in ”good ideas."
From ChangeThis: Many entrepreneurs feel that they cannot start a business without a great idea. They believe it will be impossible to succeed without a completely new concept, as the market will already be cornered by established businesses. Only by venturing into uncharted territory can they achieve their dreams. This is the fallacy of the great idea.
The simple truth is that it is quite possible to create a thriving business without a big idea. In fact, starting up with a tried and tested concept is very sensible. The real key to success is focus and brilliant execution. Yes, the world needs people with grand ideas who are willing to take big risks to further progress, but the world also needs small businesses creating jobs, and entrepreneurs should not be embarrassed about not having a claim on originality.
From David McCandless: Recently, when throwing ideas around with people, I’ve noticed something. There seems to be a hidden language we use when evaluating ideas.
Neat idea. Brilliant idea. Dumb idea. Bad idea. Strange idea. Cool idea.
There’s something going on here. Each one of these ideas is subtly different in character. Each adjective somehow conveys the quality of the concept in a way we instantly and unconsciously understand.
From FastCompany: Okay, so you're supposed to be working on something and you know you're supposed to be working on that something but, for whatever reason, you can't seem to get going. Surfing the Internet for a while hasn't helped (hint: it never does) but you're wondering if maybe there's a tool to help you get unstuck. Enter: Unstuck, an app for your iPad.
From Forty: What would happen if we pushed a little deeper? What if we did one pass of brainstorming, then completely scrapped it and started over (or at least picked a few favorite ideas and kept going)? It sounds like a lot of work – and it can be – but the results can be remarkable.
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