0001: On becoming an Idea Machine…

Idea TreeThe last 3 years, I’ve read over 3000 articles in blogs and traditional online media, and have attended well over 100 conferences and public networking events.  As a closet entrepreneur (still a “wantrepreneur” by some standards), much of my reading and networking is focused on finding my way out of the current ‘nest’ of a comfortable day job, and seeking a way to express myself in this not-so-new online world.  There have been a number of influencing voices I’ve listened to (my ‘virtual mentors’, as Michael Hyatt refers to them), from Ramit Sethi and Tim Ferris to Lewis Howes and John Lee Dumas – the list goes on.  All have served specific purposes, which I’m sure I’ll eventually write about, but few have come close to the constant value I receive from my now-favorite author, James Altucher.  A recurring theme among James’ writing over the years is the need, the requirement, to “exercise the idea muscle”.  I discovered this mantra about 6 months ago and it really spoke to me.

I’ve been noodling the notion of how to best capture these ideas, but moreover how to actually stick to the challenge of writing down 10 new ideas per day for 6 months. James recently elaborated in great detail on the importance of this exercise, and I highly encourage you to go read his FAQ on How to become an Idea Machine.  Do it, now.  It’s the thesis for why I’m starting this website.

So, it’s simple from here.  I intend to use this as a public forum where I post, daily, my idea muscle exercise(s).  I encourage you to chime in.  Elaborate on an idea.  Better yet, execute on one!  Let me know how it goes.  I’m sure there’s a legal way to do this, but I submit all ideas here free of copyright or patent (unless I later submit for a specific patent that you didn’t beat me to).  If you see something I think up which sparks an interest for you, run with it!  Let me know if I can help, but certainly don’t wait around to see if I ever turn an idea into something more.  This canvas will serve the singular purpose for me of forcing (through social pressure if nothing else) daily habitual idea generation.  10List.co is a repository for this daily practice:  come up with [at least] 10 new ideas. every. day.  Perhaps it could become yours as well, someday.  I trust James when he says that it will create increase in my life.  Please do let me know if it creates increase in yours.  That, too, would bring me great joy.

 

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