Creativity: How I Get My Ideas!
Glance Board: When I bought the plastic carpet cover (office/chair), it came with a large piece of cardboard packing, about 4 feet by 5 feet in size. I kept the piece, because I thought I could use it sometime later.
Idea: And, sure enough, I put the large piece of cardboard to work, as a "bulletin board," or as I like to call it my "glance board." I took the piece, and covered it with some nice, colorful contact paper for about $3.00. Then, I bought some molding strips at the lumber place, and I trimmed the piece on the outside edges, to give it strength, and beauty. PRESTO! My glance board was born and I hung it in my home office.
My glance board, has become one of the most important tools in my home office. That's because I post all the ideas, I am currently working on on this board. I think this is another reason why I get a lot of ideas, because I keep the ideas in the forefront of my mind...always working on them...and, then...PRESTO...another idea. This board is cluttered with ideas most of the time. Single words; phrases; paragraphs; sketches ...you name it.
I keep most of my notes for ideas in a notebook, but the ideas I'm currently working on, which usually number about a dozen, are kept on my glance board right up front of me all the time. My television set is right next to my glance board, and if I'm watching a ballgame or a movie, I will always be "glancing" at my board making changes, taking notes, or what-not. It doesn't take much time to "glance" at the ideas, when I get up in the morning; leave for work; on my return from work; and before bed, etc.
So, you don't have to be a rocket scientist in the idea business, to get usable ideas for your projects, etc. All of it is quite simple, if you keep it that way, and don't get tangled up with all these 40 and 50 dollar words that nobody understands. I think if you do all the things I mentioned, you'll be getting more usable ideas in the future. Pretty simple stuff, eh?
Below, I have listed a few points that help me with idea development, and I hope they will help you as well.
The KISS principle: Whether it be carving a piece of wood, or coaching a Little League baseball team, I've always subscribed to the Kiss Principle...Keep It Simple, Stupid! I've always been amazed at how complex and technical some people can make things We've all heard coaches say; "We have to go back to the basics if we're going to win." Meaning, that the game has gotten to complex, and it has to be simplified. Keep it simple, stupid! I try to keep all areas of my life simple, .
Stress: All of us have heard of "writers block," which pertains mainly to writers. But, I think everyone is creative in their own way, so I like to use the term, "creative block." when people have trouble coming up with ideas, etc. And, I think the biggest block to creativity is stress!. I am not a psychologist or therapist, but I know what affects me when it comes to creating and developing ideas., and it's stress!
To eliminate stressful situations, I don't like negative people around me at all...the gossip; put-down of others; jealousy/resentment and so forth. I quickly show them the door. And, I don't like a lot of people around me period! They bring all their problems and sometimes negative behavior with them. I have few friend by choice, and that's the way I like it. So, if you have stress in your life, you're going to have to find a way to get rid of it, etc.
Good observer: In today's fast-paced and hectic world, I think most people don't have time to "stop and smell the roses," and they miss out on a lot. Those of us in comedy, are always looking for funny things around us, and that's how I get ideas for other things as well. If we're going to get ideas, we have to stop and smell the roses!
Good Listener: I think the only person who really knows why Bill Gates (Microsoft) is so successful, is Bill Gates himself. But, I can give my two cents, as to why I think he is so successful. He has always said that, he has surrounded himself with smart and creative people. I believe he has set ego aside, has an open mind to change for the better. Since ideas cannot be copyrighted, he has listened to all the ideas of those smart and creative people, and gone with a good many of those great ideas supplied to him by others, and the rest is history!
I don't think Bill Gates and Paul Allen could have put this monster (Microsoft) together at such a young age, without the help of others. And, that help from others came in the form of very good ideas from some very bright people. So, I consider myself a
good listener, and that's probably another reason why get so many ideas.
Open Mind: I think one of the best qualities a person can have is to have an open mind for change for the better. In today's fast-paced, competitive world economy, changes have to be made quickly in order to compete and to survive...it's that simple!.
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A few years ago, I bought a book on ideas from a book club, and I didn't have a chance to look at it. When I started reading it, I couldn't even understand the first chapter. The book was written by a "Ph.D" at Stanford University, and I was lost from the beginning. This book was certainly not written for the average person, so I tossed it.
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