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Great Ideas - How to Have Them

How do you have fantastic new ideas? You could wait and see if they pop into your head someday, and they honestly might. If, however, you want a more immediate and systematic method, here it is in three steps:

1. Gather knowledge.

2. Apply idea-generating techniques.

3. Pick out and refine the best ideas from the results.

Ideas Come from Knowledge

Really, you wouldn't expect to come up with a new theory of relativity if you had no knowledge in physics or mathematics, would you? Of course not. You have to have some knowledge in the area in which you want new ideas. If you want great ideas, you should probably have a great deal of knowledge.

If, for example you want to create a new transportation device, you would want general knowledge in that field. The more specific things that would be helpful, would be a listing of all the current modes of transportation. Add to that a list of things that have been tried and failed, and a list of all the things that people want in their transportation.

Idea Generating Techniques

Inventions start in the mind, and the mind follows certain patterns and rules. This is where tools such as problem solving techniques and other idea generating techniques come in. Take the "concept combination" technique, for example. If you tell your mind that you need a useful combination of a plane and a motorcycle, it will search for it until it finds it. It took this mind twenty seconds to imagine wings that expand out at high speed from a motorcycle, allowing it to be used as a glider.

The technique of redefining problems can open whole new areas to explore. Redefining "inexpensive homes" as "ways to help people afford homes" lead to all sorts of new financing that has made it easier to buy a home even as prices have risen. When "better job" becomes "better way to make money" you have opened a whole range of possibilities. There are dozens of these great idea generating techniques to choose from, each with it's own advantage.

Have Many Ideas to Choose From

The more ideas you produce, the more likely you are to have a good ones. This is why you need to learn the systematic ways to produce new concepts. You want many to choose from. Finally, if great ideas means important ideas to you, you obviously need to work in important areas. There is nothing wrong with inventing a better mousetrap, but if you want to really change the world, start working on new ways to save the environment, end hunger, new political processes that avert wars and other big ideas.

A step in the right direction is to go to the home page right now and sign up for the free course on "How to Have New Ideas."

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