Most of these ideas have been worthless.. These are the ideas that crash and burn, or don’t get acted on at all…
But on average, about one out of every hundred ideas I get really ends up taking off.
My point is this: The right idea can propel you to a whole-new level of personal/professional success.
The right idea can take your career to the next level. The right idea can help you stand-out from a crowd of monotony. The right idea can allow you to make a truly meaningful contribution to the lives of others.
The right idea can change your life in countless ways. That’s how powerful ideas can be. And you can do the same thing to get similar—if not greater—results than I have, if you decide to put these tips into practice.
Designate a trusted place to put your ideas.
For me, that place is my notebook. I can riff all day about the power of writing down your thoughts and ideas in a paper notebook, but I won’t. When it comes to generating ideas, it really doesn’t get much simpler than paper. But here’s the thing: you’ve got to have it with you all.the.time. And although it may not sound appealing to carry another thing around, you’ll get used it, and soon you’ll start enjoying it. I firmly believe that if you don’t have a place to put your ideas, then you’ll be less likely to get them. And my preference is paper, primarily because: a) physically writing things down is a proven method for memory retention (you remember better); b) it helps you connect your previous ideas and experiences together—which leads to NEW ideas; and c) if you come back to your notes later, you’ll come up with even more ideas while you’re reviewing them. Powerful stuff. Do yourself a favor and buy a notebook. As of this writing, I’m hooked on a brand called Smythson; but any paper will do.