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
This time I will write a short post about thank you note. It was when I was in the USA for the first time that I found these nice thank you note cards. I bought two books without knowing who should I send the first note. I somehow felt that this kind of expressing gratitude will make me fell good. I was right. I soon developed this habit of sending thank you note cards to express my gratitude. If you have not tried it yet I would kindly recommend it.
Few days ago I came across this great speech by Jack Dorsey, Twitter and Square co-founder. When I saw that it is almost 30 minutes long I doubt I will spend more than two minutes watching it. In this era of very short attention span and informatical explosion it is unrealistic to expect from people to take time for 30 minutes long speech. Things turned out differently and I watched it till the last second because it was great. I read about Jack Dorsey before but through this speech he appeared to be really great man. I saved this video for later ‘rewatch’ because I want to learn even more from it. I am sure I will get more of his wisdom after second (third, fourth maybe) watch. Something that I missed in the first session. You know, it is some of these materials that you do not want to miss a single detail from.
However, I suddenly got this idea to send thank you note to Jack Dorsey because he gave such a great speech. And I did it. I ask for his or his company post address on Quora and got one answer. I wrote thank you note where I expressed my gratitute for unselfishly sharing his experiences.
It is a great Friday and I wish u all great weekend.
P.S. My last post Joy of the First ‘Big’ Program and Continue created quite a discussion. Thank you for all great comments. I will try to respond as soon as possible but it may take a while as you commented some things that are higher-level-programming-things which at the moment I do not understand yet.
I added new magazine (Scientific American) on my sharemag webpage for sharing 2nd print magazines. Again this is amateur webpage and its main intention is to practice basics of HTML and to give off magazines that I am an avid reader of. For now this is only mine little personal project but if things will be intereted it can grow in something bigger and more aesthetically pleasing (regarding webpage).
First come, first serve. You can check available magazines here.
I am happy to announce the opening of my amateur webpage project for free sharing of 2nd hand print magazines.
Find out more here.
When I was strating with Python learning my main question was: What is the most efficient way to learn to code. With few exceptions, the answer was: Try to solve your own problem or Make your own little project.
Since then I accumulated almost uncountable numbers of ideas, mostly in the mHealth or digital health field. On the other hand, I was also thinking about things that are not related to medicine. One idea that occured months ago but still waiting its realization was a result of my passion for reading.
Reading is one of my favourite free time activites. I enjoy buying books and expanding my private library. I am also subscriber to few magazines. After reading I put them on a bookshelf but I believe that somebody else could take advantage of reading them. I will rarely take one magazine for a second or third time. I usually take out what I want to remember and rest of the text is forgotten. This is why I would like to create a web page for free sharing of print magazines. For instance, it was quite a struggle to become a Forbes subscriber as I am from Europe. Forbes is one example of very inspirational and motivational magazine that boost your enthusiasm no matter the field you are working in. This is why I believe other can have benefit from reading it.
As I actually do not know how to code, my ‘web-page’ will be probably very very simple. With the title, pictures of cover magazines that I am willing to send anybody who will demanded them first for free and with ugly url address as it will be hosted on dropbox.
So expect the announcement of web page for sharing used print magazines between readers.
… the more you use more you have. This quote by Maya Angelou is one of my favourites. I started to write a column for Medicine Today (Medicina Danes) a year and a half ago. After my first piece I tought it was the last one, because I did not really imagined myself as a ‘columnist’. So how did start ?
I was regularly reading this medical newspaper including editor’s note and one of these notes got my attention because I did not fully agree with the editor. I send my opinion and got an e-mail with the answer to write my point of view in a single page and send it over. If it is going to be readable, editor will publish it. Rest is history.
I realized I want to continue with writing, however my primary anxiety was the creativity issue. Will I be able to come up with an original, fresh text, related to the medical world each month ? I accepted the challenge and it was worth it. What I learnt from this experience is that deciding to write makes more aware of the world around you. I noticed how I am always searching for an idea and inspiration for my next column. It is surprising how much there is still to tell. After tenth column, my evernote notebook where I keep my writing ideas is full.
I came upon this quote by Maya Angelou few months ago. It was just about the time, cause I was starting to look for excuses not to write. There are no excuses, with an effort, creativity and imagination are inexhaustible.