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Hi! It's Piotr Gaczkowski here. You're receiving this e-mail because you've signed up to Bit Better, a newsletter for curious minds on a journey from idea to creation. Thank you for reading!

🤯Never run out of inspiration

In the last issue, I've mentioned a ritual that helps to generate ideas. Your ideas don't have to be original to become successful products or services.

If you are looking for original ideas, you'll need some inspiration. We often think of inspiration as something that just happens to us. It turns out, inspiration is also a "muscle" that can develop with a little deliberate practice.

Marianne Cantwell, in her book "Be a Free Range Human," outlines these three rules to follow:

1. Read books no one else in your field is reading
2. Start noticing what's going on around you
3. Start making connections among unrelated parts of your everyday life (taking notes may help)
 

Ready for another workout?

What does it mean? If you're mainly reading fiction, try reading non-fiction. Find a book outside your field and try to understand as much as possible. Gardening, maybe? Or the politics of ancient China? Any topic is good as long as it's unfamiliar territory.

Go to an art exhibition (online is possible), watch a theatre play, play a board game. Be curious about it and see if there's any parallel between this new field you're just trying and your area of expertise.

And like with every exercise: doing this once won't give you results. Doing this regularly for a month may show some benefits. Making this exercise a part of your life will provide you with life-long benefits.

🧠Curious Stuff

Articles

"The Power of a Resonance Calendar" by Brandon Zhang

Once you start consuming diverse content, you'll probably want to keep track what inspired you. Resonance Calendar is a tool to help.

Books

"The Geography of Genius" by Eric Weiner

"The Secret of the Highly Creative Thinker" by Dorte Nielsen, Sarah Thurber

People

https://twitter.com/anthilemoon - neuroscience, metacognition, mindfulness, Anne-Laure is a constant source of great insights

📚Book Club Updates

We've just discussed "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg. It was eye-opening to discover the wage gap varies differently from country to country (and probably from culture to culture).

The next is going to be "Drive" by Daniel Pink which explains how extrinsic and intrinsic motivation works. What makes Wikipedia editors do a lot of tedious work without getting any pay? And how is it possible that it conquered all the other encyclopedias backed by companies such as Microsoft? You'll find out in this rather short read.
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