🤯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.