People often asked me: "The hardest part must be when you were looking for ideas, right? How do you have so many ideas? How did you come up with all these?"
In this chapter, you'll learn about my secret of having unlimited ideas.
The most common question people asked me was:
"How do you have so many ideas? How did you come up with all these?"
The question assumes that I have a lot of ideas in my mind and they are all at my disposal at any time. But the truth is, I don't have a lot of ideas in my mind. However, I have unlimited ideas ready up in my sleeve.
What's the difference?
What you need to do to create content consistently is not to have unlimited ideas in your mind. Instead, you need to build an idea bank over time.
When I say I don't have a lot of ideas in my mind, I was being honest. I might have one or two, but I don't have them all the time.
However, what I have is a list of ideas I generated over the past few years, starting from 2019. That's why people seem to think that I have unlimited ideas. Most people don't know that I have an idea bank stored in my notes app on my phone.
So... Now you know.
The key of having unlimited ideas is to be able to figure out the most effective way of gathering ideas and storing ideas. To be a creative person, you don't need to be "creative". You just need to know how to find your inspiration and keep them for later use.
In this chapter, we are going to learn two things: ideas input and ideas output. How to gather ideas (input), and how to manage and utilize those ideas (output).
If you are a creative person, you will (or you should) have a lot of ideas, otherwise, you are not creative.
I think that is the most common misperceptions about being a "creative person". Ideas will not magically appear in your mind.
In my experience, a lot of people shy away from doing creative things because they don't think that they have a lot of ideas. Or they tend to think that their ideas are stupid or worthless.
But ideas won't appear out of nowhere. Ideas came because we have been exposed to other ideas. It might seem like we have an a-ha moment every now and then, but in my opinion, what really happened was we got inspired by other ideas, and we are building on top of those ideas.
There are two ways of gathering ideas, intentional and unintentional:
Intentional input means, well, intentionally consuming ideas to gather ideas. This is the easiest way to expose yourself to different ideas: consuming content.
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