Imagination Comes From Unexpected Places:

  • Moments alone.
  • Boredom.
  • What If…? questions.
  • Problems.
  • Rebellious behavior.
  • Silent Walks.
  • Motion (running).
  • Nature.
  • Nonsense.
  • Unfamiliar spaces.
  • Emotional outlets.

I think the majority of us are bubbling with ideas, we are usually too busy (and stubborn) to hear them. We need space to dream. (And a sprinkle of imagination, for sure. But space to let our minds wander is the main ingredient.) But think about how space-lacking we are. Almost every moment we aren’t communicating we are filling it with sound. We listen to music while we exercise, commute, work, walk, dance, shower… And the rest of the time we aren’t listening to music we are consuming podcasts, audiobooks, movies, and tv. (I’m saying things as someone who loves music and who has his own podcast.)

But the magic happens in the negative spaces. The silence. The wonder. Anything that lets our mind wander and question. Our imagination turns clouds into dragons and shadows into monsters. It turns ordinary and mundane into the extraordinary and novel. It’s seeing what is and turning it on its head. (Or put another way, it’s seeing what isn’t.)

But you need structure and routine to create openness. Daily habits are a great way to wake the mind. A daily walk after work with your dog — but no music. Or maybe it’s sitting on the porch alone with your thoughts. Or noodling an idea while you are driving.

It might sound silly to say, but don’t be so afraid to be alone with yourself!

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #859

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Related:

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Albert Einstein

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

Michelangelo

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

Robin Williams

Give & Take (Creative Tennis Part 2)

“Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.”

Vincent Van Gogh

Another way tennis reminds me of creativity is how the game is played. The game has a give and take. You hit the ball across the court and your opponent hits it back on your side of the court.

Creativity is a give and take. If all we do is pump out content without also consuming other creative work, our ideas will inevitably become stale.

If creativity is a furnace, experience and inspiration is the coal. By experiencing life firsthand, you will notice and be inspired by your journey. That’s why travel is so impactful — it allows you to get out of your life and experience other life outside your normal.

And by surrounding yourself with creative ideas and different ways of thinking, pieces of those ideas will inspire you to new ideas.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #810

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How to Have Better Ideas

“A solid routine saves you from giving up.”

John Updike

Before I started writing every day, I would inevitably do it sporadically. I intended to write when inspiration struck — which I assumed would be frequently — but in reality, I rarely put pen to paper. Perhaps I squeezed out a handful (tops) of mediocre blog posts in a year. The interesting thing about inspiration is doesn’t find us, we have to go out and seek it. It wasn’t until I committed to writing daily that I started having better ideas.

You would think habit would stifle creativity, but it does the opposite. Creating a daily routine gives us structure and our imagination breathing room to run wild. It’s the foundation we need to create consistently.

Not that quantity of work is what I’m after, however, the quantity of work typically leads to quality.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou

Quantity leads to quality.

The more we do something, the better we get at it (as long as we aren’t phoning it in of course) and the more ideas we have. It’s a number’s game. One great idea out of ten so-so ideas might seem like a poor average, but if you keep creating them then those great ideas start adding up. Digging up nine stumps isn’t so bad if the ten trees grow into a massive orange tree of impact and wealth (and not just financially).

Of course, we’re not trying to grow stumps. We’re trying to grow trees. So the more we practice the better we will be.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #800 ✨

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Start Collecting Great Ideas

Ideas spark other ideas.

I don’t believe ideas are built in isolation —

they are inspired and mismashed by other ideas — they are build on the backs of everything that has come before us.

My ideas come from my experiences, knowledge, connections, and the input I surround myself with.

To have great ideas, we need to surround ourselves with great input +

Action Step — Start Collecting Great Ideas —

witty ideas, innovative ideas, ideas that make you laugh, cry — all them feels!

Ah-ha ideas, beautiful ideas, world-changing, life-simplifying, problem solving, niche-changing ones..

Remember,

Great ideas come from you — based on your accumulated experiences, 

built by the input you surround yourself with.

 

Go Create Something — Josh Waggoner

related wisdom

“Your competition is not other people but the time you kill, the ill will you create, the knowledge you neglect to learn, the connections you fail to build, the health you sacrifice along the path, your inability to generate ideas, the people around you who don’t support and love your efforts, and whatever god you curse for your bad luck.”  — James Altucher

 

 

Introducing IDEATION — Let There Be Innovation

Everything around us was, and is an idea.

It was created.

Look up and notice the craftsmanship around you.

Some idea are straightforward, to the point — getting the job done.

Some are well thought out, elegant and remarkable.

Some are inspired by generations of ideas.

That’s the beauty of ideation —

Ideas spark ideas.

Create a great idea, and it might impact generations of ideas going forward.

 

We all have ideas, but some are better than others.

Or we have that moment when we see a brilliant idea, and say ‘AH! Why didn’t I think of that!’

The question is,

What makes a great idea great, and how do we create excellent ones?

Q: What makes an idea great?

 

IDEATION is a RenaissanceLife series focused on this question and others like

  • What makes ideas sticky? And what makes them fall flat?
  • What are the components?
  • Should we give ideas away?
  • What makes ideas clever, elegant, and impactful?
  • What does a bad idea look like and how do we avoid / spot them?

Welcome to IDEATIONLet There Be Innovation.

#KeepPursuing,

Josh Waggoner