The power of a truly great idea can’t be

understated. With one great idea, you could build

a multi-million dollar business. You could solve the

world’s problems. One great idea could change

your life.

Having the ability to come up with great ideas is a

highly prized skill. But how exactly do people come

up with them? Some people seem to think it’s all

about inspiration – the kind that just strikes

whenever it wants.

It’s like the story of Isaac Newton. This is

something we’ve all heard before.

Newton was sitting under a tree when an apple

fell and bumped him on the head.

Immediately Newton was struck with a brilliant

idea – the theory of gravity. In an instant, he

changed how people see the world.

The big problem with this story is that it’s not

true. Newton didn’t come up with his idea of

gravity in an instant. It took a long time of

thinking and working out the math.

But this instance is how many people look at

generating ideas. They think it happens at a

single moment when inspiration comes to them.

The problem with this way of seeing ideas is that

it’s passive. Ideas come to you.

That’s not how ideas work. You have to actively

be seeking them out; it takes some work to get

there. If you just wait for them, a truly creative

idea will probably never come to you.

If you want your life to change with a brilliant

new idea, you have to be on the lookout for them.

They don’t just happen out of thin air.

Be active, not passive.

Do things that mentally stimulate your brain so

that ideas can be born.

Things like:

1. Surrounding yourself with brilliant thinkers

Great ideas don’t usually form alone. They often

come from interactions with have with others. A

small idea gets bounced back and forth in

conversation until something extraordinary

comes out of it.

That’s why a lot of great artists and writers

spend time with each other. Someone will bring

something up and a discussion will get started.

By the end of the discussion, you’ll have

something great.

Try to network with smart and innovative people.

When you have someone intelligent to talk with,

your small ideas can become huge.

You don’t even need to know these people in

person. You can also track their activities from a

distance. Follow them online or read their blog.

Something they say could spark a new idea in you.

2. Changing your environment

Never underestimate the power your environment

has over your ability to create ideas.

Think of all the people who have been inspired by

nature. A huge waterfall or beautiful view can

light up your mind.

A great city can have the same effect. People

have been inspired by lively places like New York or


Travel more and get out of your normal, everyday

environment. That might be all you need to get

that creativity working inside your head.

3. Do something exciting

When you do something exciting, you feel alive. It

gets your heart pumping and you reach a higher

state of mind.

All that excitement frees up your mind and gets

you thinking. In that state of excitement, you

stop seeing obstacles. Your mind becomes open to

new possibilities. It’s really freeing.

Try something like surfing or mountain climbing.

Get out and do new, exciting things that will

stimulate your brain.

4. Letting your mind wander in silence

When is the last time you sat in silence and just

let your mind think?

There is so much noise in the world that our minds

can become overwhelmed. We’re always checking

Facebook, our email, watching TV or talking with


Yes, it’s stimulating the brain, but it might be too

much. All that stimulation might be overwhelming

your thoughts and actually preventing new ideas

from forming.

Quieting things down a little can be good for clear

thinking. It’s rejuvenating.

When you let your mind think about things

without any outside stimulation, you might be

surprised what it will come up.

5. Examine other people’s great ideas

History is full of great people who came up with

great ideas. Why not study them?

Take a look at some of the greatest ideas that

have already happened and analyze them for why

they became so great to begin with.

How did they change things?

How did these people approach their problems?

Their insights might help you come up with a few

insights of your own.

6. Exploring your creative side

Creative ideas don’t just come out of nowhere.

They come out of the creative side of your brain.

So if you exercise that portion of your brain

more, you’re more likely to get more out of it.

Get in touch with that area of your mind. Be


Paint something or write a short story. Do

creative things that you don’t normally do.

Go to a museum and look at great works of art.

Or listen to new types of music you don’t normally

listen to. The more creativity you explore, the

more it stretches your mind.

7. Looking at things from a different angle

When is the last time you saw something from a

different perspective? An angle with a different,

unique viewpoint can change the way you see


Get in the habit of looking at the world this way.

Don’t just see things from one side; see them

from all the sides you can.

Look at the world from a child’s eye. Look at it as

if you’re an alien from another planet.

It’s amazing how little you actually see of the

world if you only take your one single view. When

you start seeing things from multiple angles, you

see the world in entirely new ways.

If you keep waiting for great ideas to arrive,

they may never arrive. Be active in finding them

and you’ll start seeing a lot of great ideas come

to you.

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