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Creating Great Ideas - Part 1

by Toby Lorenc

We do it everyday: come up with ideas. Some of them we carry through with, some are merely daydreams and hopes, but regardless of how we implement these ideas there was a process to create them in the first place.

Many people feel like they hit a wall when they're forced to come up with ideas. The sudden pressure of having to contribute and provide something substantive that others won't ridicule can be daunting.

But never fear - there are ways to get past mental road blocks and challenges with idea generation. 

Creating Great Ideas Using Experiences 

Your mind and life are full of past things you've experienced. Let's use the beach as an example. Not all of us have been to the beach (personal experience) but you still know plenty about the beach. You've seen the beach in movies like JAWS and TV shows like Baywatch (some of you weren't paying attention to the beach because of other distractions). Your friends have told you about the beach, you've read books about the beach, seen commercials about the beach, played video games with beaches incorporated into the game (like that awesome driving game from the 1980's OutRun), and maybe you've even had dreams about beaches. 

So, if someone asked you, "How can we make beaches better?" you have a rich history of experiences to pull from and come up with solid ideas. You know enough to talk about beaches and find solutions to this problem, or at very least generate ideas.

Or, if you're planning your first vacation to the beach, you now have a pretty broad base of ideas for what  you'll want to do when you're there. But what if it's something you've never experienced in any way? What if the knowledge simply doesn't exist in your head? 

See Great Ideas Part 2 for tools and resources outside of your own knowledge.

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