How do you get your ideas?
I got mine from walks, shower, movies, YouTube videos, books, personal experience, and even songs and Instagram posts. Sometimes it’s just there when I wake up in the morning.
You never really know where your ideas originate from.
They’re not 100% original. What you deem as ‘authentic’ or ‘new’ are actually old ideas presented in a new way. Or classic ideas spiced with new stories.
We all see things differently
What you and I see are different. Even if we’re seeing the same object, we’re going to perceive it differently. How you’re brought up, your past experiences, and your knowledge, all determine how you perceive an object. What you associate that object with.
That’s why, the more you experience and know, the more ideas you’ll have.
You’ll start seeing connections between two seemingly unrelated concepts.
Although this is not always the case, if you keep digging, you’ll find some gems in your brain. Gems you wouldn’t have found if you didn’t dig deep enough.
The world is always bigger than we need it to be.
The ideas are always abundant.
Expand your perspective
One block of neighborhood has completely different culture and atmosphere to the next.
That’s why, the more we’re exposed to different people, the more we travel, the more perspectives we would have of the world we live in.
Sometimes your views would be challenged. You’ll have to unlearn and learn certain things, or maybe believe in two opposing concepts at the same time. But that’s the beauty of being a human.
Share them, don’t keep them
I know it can be insensitive in times like this to compare something to a virus. But I’ll go ahead and say it, an idea is almost like a virus. You can catch it by being exposed to it.
And in the same way, you can give it to people. Sharing your ideas, talents, and work is not being arrogant. In fact, it can serve a bigger purpose of being an inspiration, being that little nudge that people need.
Ideas, or perspectives, aren’t as simple as money. They can influence how people are thinking, behaving, and taking actions. They’re capable of changing lives.
Even if it’s a ‘classic’ idea that’s been retold over and over again, you can still add a little something with your own story, your own perspective, so that it can touch more lives.
So wherever you go, take notes, sleep on it, and share it to the world the next morning.
“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic