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The way to have good ideas is to get close to killing yourself. It’s like weightlifting. When you lift slightly more than you can handle, you get stronger.
In life, when the gun is to your head, you either figure it out, or you die.
When you cut yourself open, you bleed ideas. If you’re broke and close to death, you have to start coming up with ideas.
If you destroy your life, you need to come up with ideas to rebuild it.
The only time I’ve been FORCED to have good ideas is when I was up against the wall. My life insurance policy was like a gun to my head: “Come up with good ideas… OR ELSE your kids get your life insurance!”
At an airport when I realized a business I had been working on for four years was worthless.
Or when I was sitting in the dark at three in the morning in the living room of the house I was going bankrupt and losing my home, my brain figuring out how to die without anyone knowing it was planned.
Or when I was getting a divorce and I was lonely and afraid I wouldn’t make any money again or I wouldn’t meet anyone again. Or my kids would hate me. Or my friends would be disgusted by me.
The problem is this: you’re NOT in a state of panic most of the time. States of panic are special and have to be revered. Think about the times in your life that you remember – it’s exactly those moments when you hit bottom and were forced to come up with ideas, to get stronger, to connect with some inner force inside you with the outer force.
This is why it’s important NOW to strengthen that connection to that idea force inside of you. This post is about HOW.
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come to you out of the blue. , Expose yourself to new 3 information by reading from " several books on many different topics. Then have idea sex. List childhood passions. Dig V up the interests you used to . have. These passions can cross-fertilized and mate with each other to provide your next set of passions and ideas. A Be a transmitter. Make sure , ‘ the other parts of your life are in balance: physical, spiritual, emotional mental. This will ll open you up and allow great . , ideas to flow through you. , Activate another part of your “ brain. Write, draw, sing, paint, create. Stimulating one part of , _ your brain will improve the rest. No pressure. Give yourself ~ permission to come up with bad ideas. Not every seed you plant will blossom into a beautiful V‘ lower. But none will if you don't keep spreading the seeds. outines (ornot). Most peo “ wait until they feel motivated. But motivation doesn't come unless invited. So establish a routine where you set the stage t for creativity and get to work. Write down ten ideas. Just like ‘N biceps or hamstrings, the idea muscle needs exercise. Else it will atrophy. Make it strong by making it sweat every day. Be healthy. Your body needs to have oxygen and blood flowing properly to your brain to come up with ideas. So eatlsleepl move healthy. Cut out negative people. They will turn your ideas into vomit before the words even leave your mouth. Be grateful. Don’t think ‘‘I MUST come up with a million dollar idea right now! ” Fear and ,2 scarcity will rot your brain. But gratitude will take you to a place where your ideas create aundanc for theworld