I have more than 300 ideas

Ideas are a Dime a Dozen. People Who Implement Them are Priceless. I experienced this quote and I do agree with the statement. Approximately 10 months ago I decided to create an idea each day. It does not matter what kind of the idea, the main rule was that it needs to be innovative. I wanted this to become my daily routine and after getting around 250-260 of them I realized that I cannot continue with my other activities until I get at least one idea per day. At the moment I am at the number 330 and the lesson I learnt is very useful.

When we find a good quote, or hear a good point from smart people our inner voice agree with the content. However, there is a difference between knowing something and understanding something. In my example, I agree with everybody who claim that ideas are cheap and that everybody can have them and that what really matters is action. After getting more than 300 ideas I realized that everybody can be creative and that everybody can take advantage from its imagination and find creative solutions for all kinds of problems. I can assure you, if it works for me it will work for you. But again, what really matters is taking action. Getting an idea is really just the first steep.

What was the main drive for the development of this creative habit ? I get bored very easily and I do need constant challenges to keep me in a good mood otherwise I get this uncomfortable feeling of missing something. But it is not only the Fear of Missing out syndrome. I strongly believe that we need to create new things. I find this as a very strong need – to make an impact, to make a positive impact. This is why I started brainstorming all kinds of ideas: healthcare startup solutions, titles for my columns, blog topics, interview questions for my book and more. At the beginning I would sometime spend 20-25 minutes to get only one idea. Now I find it much easier as I developed this good habit of constant search for creative solutions. Sometimes I would get two, three ideas while walking, driving and would then write them down in my book for ideas. It really becomes a way of thinking.

Another valuable experience is understanding the limits of the time. You simply cannot put all your ideas into the life. I have not calculated the percentage of the ideas that I start working on them and implement them into the reality but I can say, that it is only around 5 to 10 % of the ideas that are not only the ideas on the paper but become reality. I try to make regular check up and also strikethrough some ideas that after some time I do not find good any more. This is also a good lesson. Not all ideas that seem to be good initially are actually worth working on.

Another important lesson can be described by this quote by Sir Richard Branson: Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.
I am annoyed by people who focus on questions about idea protection, patent issues etc. before even starting to work on the project. When you become a machine for ideas the level of self-confidence increases and you realize that there will always be another idea, another opportunity which can spare you from protect-my-idea-at-all-costs behaviour.

I don’t care that they stole my idea . I care that they don’t have any of their own  — Nikola Tesla



7 thoughts on “I have more than 300 ideas

  1. sounja

    I read on a blog about coding that one should always keep a notebook and write down the problems that they encounter in everyday life. Then they can look back at the problems later and try to find solutions that software can solve. Either way, I think keeping a journal of problems/solutions/ideas is a great way to eventually stumble upon something truly special.


    1. Alex-G Post author


      I believe this is a good idea if you keep regularly rechecking the list otherwise problems are forgotten.

      Wish u lots of good software-based solutions.



  2. Mohamed Mamdouh (@Doo7a_333)

    I stumbled upon your blog last night and I just want to say “Thank you”. Thank you for writing about your experience and sharing it with us and I wish you all the best.
    As it happens, I find myself in the same exact spot.
    I am a house office in my final year at Med school and will graduate in 3 months. However I have been always interested in programming and I started learning years back doing some objective-C as I was very interested in iOS and just got my new iPhone 4. Later I learned C, some C++ and went deeper in Python. Took online course and studied some books but I have been back and forth countless times as I face the fear of changing careers or letting go what I have been learning for the past 7 years in med school, that’s when I started delving into bioinformatics as a way to bridge the gap between medicine and computer science.

    Do you think that there is a place in between where we can exist ? Where we can have a full time job not just a hobby ?

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    1. Alex-G Post author

      Hello Mohamed,

      thank you for your comment.
      In the meanwhile I wrote this post few things changed. The crucial one was that I started medical residency and now I find it challenging and appealing.

      I do believe that technical knowledge about how to deal with the data will become more and more relevant in the field of the clinical medicine.

      Everything you have learned will be of some value to you. Do not give up.
      At the end you must decide whether you want to pursue a clinical career or one of a programmer.



  3. Mohamed Mamdouh (@Doo7a_333)

    I stumbled upon your blog last night and I want to say “Thank you”. Thank you for sharing your experience with us each step of the way as it is very helpful and I wish you all the best.

    As it happens I find myself in the same spot as I am a house office finishing my final year at Med school. I have been always interested in programming and I started learning years back motivated by my passion and at the same time out of boredom, as you know medicine can get a bit repetitive. I started with Objective-C as I just got my new iphone 4 and was fascinated by iOS. Then made my way through C, some C++ and finally got deeper into Python.
    I always wanted to find a way to turn these skills into something more than a hobby but I was afraid of the idea of changing careers or throwing away everything I learned in the past 7 years. That’s why I recently started learning bioinformatics as a way to use both my medical knowledge and my coding skills.

    Do you think that there is a place where we can exist ? A way to turn this hobby into a full time job ?



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