Time and inclination - invest in yourself.

  1. Have you ever had an idea for a product, project, or service – but it never went farther than the idea stage and then a year or so later someone else has launched it?
  2. Do you find that your best ideas come at unexpected times and then you forget them before you have a chance to write them down - at night, in the shower, on long solitary drives or as a jumping off point from some other idea?
  3. Do you find that you forgot even eureka moments and ideas - until you see or hear about them later?

If you want to be lucky, it pays to be prepared. Keep a book handy, and with you at all times. Write down every idea you have - without filtering - whenever and wherever you have them. On the last day of each month - invest in yourself by reserving 4 hours to review all your ideas and turn some/none/all into action. Before you know it you will have more than one good idea in research, another in development and you will be a 'new idea' productivity machine. Guaranteed to work!

I’m reading a lot of Emerson these day. He is right for the times. Here is Emerson's take on the same notion:

A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good-humored inflexibility then most when the whole cry of voices is on the other side. Else, to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another. From Emerson's essay on Self Reliance.


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