Dora Does Ideas
For my fist post, and to introduce you all to Dora Does, I decided to focus on the theme of ideas.
As this new venture begins, I have so many ideas buzzing through my mind about what I want to do, where I want to go and how I want to get there. But where do these ideas come from? And how do I know whether they will keep coming?
I’ll stay out of the science but Psychologists have spent a long time trying to bottle inspiration. It seems to be a combination of mind state, environment, context and practice but it’s a precarious recipe.
My hands down favourite entrepreneurial blogger James Altucher talks about exercising the idea muscle by writing down 10 ideas every day. They can be outlandish as you like, the only condition is that the idea has to have a ‘next step’ to put it into practice. So even if your idea is to yarn bomb the moon, you could still start by writing to NASA, you never know…(let me know what they say!)
In my reading on the subject, one thing I keep coming back to is that inspiration is contagious – both within and between us. The more ideas you scope out, the more ideas or alternatives you come up with like a giant idea spiral. There’s a school of thought that says you are the average of the 5 people you spend most time with. This is hugely powerful when you think about it. I know that after spending time with certain people I feel uplifted, motivated and generally positive about life! Imagine if all the people you interacted with did that for you and you for them?
The internet has opened access to people I never would have come across in the real world. I’m inspired by so many clever, creative, hardworking and funny people on line who I would love to get to know in real life, most of whom have no idea they have had that impact. Time to come up with a way to change that (*adds to ideas list!*).
I believe anyone can have great ideas, not just cockney bank-robbers stuck in a bus on a cliff edge trying to save their gold ( I’m showing my age here so if that means nothing to you, then go and watch The Italian Job). So in the spirit of sharing, I’d like welcome you all to my site with a free pattern for my quick Bright Ideas Lightbulb to encourage and inspire everyone to get creative!
As always, if you have any comments or feedback about the pattern, go ahead and contact me or leave a comment!