12 Quick Ways to Become More Creative and Innovative

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1. Post-its, post-its, post-its. Where? Everywhere!

2. Use more colors. Color paper. Color pens.

3. Hang out with creative people. Nothing beats learning from those who have already achieved.

4. Hang out with (a few) weird people. Weird people are those who always think opposite to most.

5. Order something different. We tend to always order the same food, coffee, tea, etc. Try something new!

6. Do what you’re afraid to do. Behind our fears, lie our treasures. (Just don’t endanger yourself.)

7. Do what other age groups do. If you’re in your 40s, do what your kids do.

8. Practice simple drawing. To create something new, you must be able to draw it first.

9. Try to find a new product/service every day. Either online or in stores or magazines. Become a sponge for new ideas.

10. Bring something to show whenever you meet someone. A magazine article, or picture, or website you show on your phone. Get used to sharing ideas.

11. Challenge yourself to do a project you always wanted to do. If you want to write a book, start writing the first page now. If you want to build your own company, start writing a ½ page business plan now.

12. Innovations come from problems. Look for problems everywhere. We created knives and forks because we were sick and tired of eating with our hands. We created cars because we were too lazy to walk and because of time saving. We created twitter out of boredom.

To find out more great tips on how to become more creative, check out my book Edge Innovation  http://tinyurl.com/bdjfvy3.

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