Stretching Your Idea Muscle
Man…I was just rereading what’s arguably my favorite blog post EVER by James Altucher.
It’s called The Ultimate Guide for Becoming an Idea Machine and it’s an A to S guide on how he does this (I’m completely serious lol). The thing is that we tell ourselves that we want something, but we’re just NOT fed up enough to do something about it. Reminds me of a video I referenced in this guest blog post I did where I was talking about how to kill your inner wantrepreneur.
To quickly summarize: It’s a scene in the movie Fight Club where Brad Pitt puts a gun to a store clerk’s head and pretty much tells him that if he doesn’t follow his dreams…
Well, he’ll come back and waste the f**cker. Here’s the scene if you didn’t click that link up there:
You’re too damn comfortable
I can tell you right now that if you still haven’t started doing what you say you wanna do… Then it’s because you’re not out of your comfort zone.
Why do you think you hear about rags to riches stories? A few examples:
- Being homeless
- Not being able to get any ass (guy or gal lol)
- Being in debt up to your eyeballs
- Coming up to a decade or X amount of time at a job you detest
- Working with people that drive you nuts
And just to add a lil’ illustration….eventually these people were like:
I thinks you gets the points.
So I remember being in college (better yet taking online college classes lol). I’d procrastinate like I’d never procrastinated before.
Deadline looming right?
But then Netflix beckons you and then it’s like…
“Jeepers Phil, are you STALKING me?!” You utter.
Who the heck says jeepers…anyhoo, the answer is no not yet because I don’t have your address.
Just stay on this blog post for 10 more seconds and I can triangulate on your location 🙂
Then it’s this hee hee:
Oops, I mean “What’s stalking?”
Sorry, I got sidetracked.
El point-o is that well come deadline day, guess who hasn’t done shit? This guy right here…GULP!
But you know what?
When I had no other choice but to friggin’ do it…
I was more focused on my time and judged my work less.
See the reason I wasn’t able to meet the deadline is because I would start doing my assignments/discussions or whatever the crap earlier in the week…but then I’d get into a perfectionist mindset and that went nowhere except Netflixville lol.
Sometimes stress can help.
Ok, so it looks like I’ve Tarantino-ed this post lol.
Let’s get back to stretching you idea muscle.
I know that a lot of you won’t be reading that long blog post by Se?or Altucher so I’m gonna give you the TL/DR or better yet the Cliff’s Notes version.
Hee hee, even more better-er yet Phil’s Notes.
Maybe that can be a phrase now bahaha.
“Let me Phil’s Notes that for ya.”
In other words, I’ll read it and find an amusing yet vile way to present it to you.
Anyhoo, where were we?
Ah yes, the Phil’s Notes/TL/DR version of how to stretch your idea muscle.
So the thing is coming up with 10 ideas per day.
“Why 10 Phil?”. You ask.
The number is really just arbitrary, it can be 20, or a 100.
But people love the number 10 so it’s a good place to start because 20 or 100 can be pretty daunting.
Something to think about: If you can come up with 10 ideas every day for the next year (or just in one day or week really), then you’re bound to come up with at least 1 good one right?
It doesn’t have to be something business-related.
In fact, it can be ridiculous.
The important thing is just stretching that idea muscle so often that coming up with ideas becomes second nature to you.
So come up with business ideas…
For Uber or Lyft.
For a phone sex line lol.
It doesn’t matter, have fun with this!
Coming from a place of abundance
There’s one major thing in James’ blog post that really struck a chord with me.
It’s where he talks about giving ideas away for free.
Stay away from thinking that you need to charge people for additional ideas.
This is so damn good I have to quote directly:
When you come up with ideas for someone else, always give ALL the ideas away for free if you think they are good ideas (remember: six months). I read recently one person said to give HALF of your ideas away for free and make them pay for the other half. This is very bad. This guarantees you will only come up with bad ideas. Because you will hoard your ideas. You will develop a SCARCITY COMPLEX around your ideas. Ideas are infinite. But once you define your capacity of good ideas (?half?) then they instantly become finite for you. Not for anyone else. But just for you, your ideas will be finite. If you stick to an abundance mentality, and be grateful for the ideas that are flowing through you, then they will be infinite. Where they come from, nobody knows. But they will be infinite and lucrative for you. So give ideas for free, and then when you meet, give more ideas. And if someone wants to pay you and your gut feels this is a good fit, then give even more ideas. ~ James Altucher
Pretty freakin’ cool right?
Eventually, people may pay you for being an idea machine.
Oh, so I also want to tell you about these waiter’s pads James mentions.
They’re easy to jot ideas down on and they fit right in your back pocket. Now I haven’t bought these myself, I’ve had little notebooks that I’ve used before.
I think this is great because I’ve been finding that I value ideas I write down MORE than ideas I just type.
Use either one, but the thing is just making these lists of ideas.
So we’ve come to the end of this lil’ blog post of mine.
To recap quickly, here are a couple o’ things that will help you stretch your idea muscle:
- Maybe you’re like the guy in that Fight Club scene and it’ll take something drastic to change your life. Simple, just hire someone to threaten you, boom 🙂
- Like me you may need a deadline, maybe this stress can be beneficial…it’s crazy, but not that crazy.
- Come up with 10 ideas per day, don’t judge yourself too much. You may find a diamond in the rough.
- Use waiter’s pads or something else that fits in your pocket so you can write down ideas on the go.
I really hope this helps.
Coming up with ideas often will eventually lead to you becoming somewhat of an expert, even if it’s just at coming up with ideas lol.
So just to help out, here are 10 ideas on how to get your first sale online if you’ve never made one before. Some will suck, some will not:
- Become an affiliate of a product you already own and make 3 Facebook live videos in one day where you talk about how this product benefits them. Tell people that if they buy through you and help you make your first sale, that you’ll do a lip-biting dance and send it to them.
- Make a quick list (use Google Docs and then export it as a PDF). Make it a list of 20-50 things you’ve learned about something. Don’t even worry about setting it up on Warrior Plus or anything like that, just tell people to PayPal you $5 to buy it and you can use Google Docs or Drop Box to deliver it.
- Use an app called Busker. You can download it for free on Android or IOS and people can send you money directly in a video. Beforehand, tell people about the app (do your homework) and let them know that you’ve got big plans for Halloween, but you’re starting a beer drinking fund lol. Tell them to donate $3 and you’ll make a SnapChat video thanking them for buying you a beer/Zima or whatever you drink.
- Make an unlisted YouTube video where you’re showing people how to do something really darn cool that you know how to do. Again, tell people to pay you through PayPal and ($1-$5) on Facebook and give them the link when they pay. IDEA-CEPTION: for extra fake bonus points, make it a video where you’re going up to people asking them who their “Top Five” are (you know what I’m talking about).
- Tell people you’re gonna make a video where you ask a stranger anything, but you’re doing it for $5. Make sure it’s just about anything, don’t insult people or get arrested lol, make it funny.
- Record 10 videos on how to do something, step-by-step. Upload them to YouTube and tell people that if they want you to Skype them to talk them through the process, you charge $50 an hour. If they think that’s too much, say $30 for half an hour
- Get someone talented to make some kind of crochet-ed thing (is that the past tense?). Make a FB live video where you auction it off. This could be fun!
- Create a blog post. Turn it into a series of Tweets. Sell it for $10 for someone in that niche, they now have a blog post and Tweets to promote it!
- Create an online event on Facebook. Make it a Facebook live video where you’re showing people how to cook something you’re good at cooking. Charge $1 a head, you can even set up tickets on Event Brite!
- Create a blog post where you make a list of 10 ideas people can use to make their first dollar online. Then offer a 1 hour Skype call where you help them make their first dollar online. Charge them X amount of dollars for 1 hour, 30 minutes, 15 minutes.
I truly hope you got something out of this blog post.
If you did, just shoot me a comment below.
I’ve also got a cool Facebook group here with some awesome peeps.
Thanks for reading.
~ Uncle Phil