There are some areas of life that appear to lend themselves to training and systems, such as using spreadsheets, law, accounting and medicine.
But for things like coming up with new ideas or creativity we rely on luck or inspiration. However, there is a way to systematise this. Inspired by a book from the 1940s, in this podcast, I describe a 5-step process for idea generation.
They are in order:
- Gathering knowledge.
- Reflecting until you are exhausted.
- Distracting yourself away from the problem.
- Let the magic happen as the idea comes out of nowhere.
- Exposing the idea to the world of healthy criticism.
I’ve been using this system and it works.