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Warren Buffet said:

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

What if the success within idea generation lies in a completely different mindset? What if the magic lies in never saying no at all?

Recently I got engaged in a very interesting conversation with a founder of an idea generation platform — who is almost equally passionate about improv theatre. If you’ve ever been to one of those shows, you know that there are different techniques to move a plot forward. …

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This story is about the gap between having an idea and turning it into a profitable product or service. The process from the Eureka moment to the finished offer. The validation and evaluation of potential success.

Most people come up with ideas — some people daily (I call them “the popcorn tribe”, because their ideas just seem to “pop up”), others more occasionally. As I see it, three scenarios follow upon a revelation: an immediate rejection: “no, this is a bad idea”, a competence analysis: “hmmm, I wonder who could execute that idea best?” (this one almost never happens) or…

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All the ideas you want to create before you… retire.

The original definition of “bucket list” is:

a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.

Meaning: “before you die”. I think that it sounds a little too dramatic, so let’s just say: “before you retire”. The bucket list I want to talk about here is the one for ideas. Professional ideas to create during your career.

Everyone reading this is in a position of changing the world. Maybe not the entire world, but a piece of it big enough to make…

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When your origin, current location and universal standard waltz together.

Do you live in the country where you were born? Do you work using only your mother tongue? 43% of world’s population is bilingual, so what is mother tongue anyway?

The way the world looks today gives us immense opportunities to work with whomever we see fit at a press of a button. Those who say that they have never felt lonelier at work have yet to discover that the globe is at their fingertips. We mix skills, nationalities, time zones… and languages. If we have the courage. …

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I mean, someone might steal them…

One of the most common questions I get as an idea educator is: “should one share unfinished ideas with the world?”. The scare of someone taking over one’s idea and making it their own can be paralyzing and sometimes even stop the creator from mentioning the idea at all. When in fact, feedback and input is what most unfinished ideas need the most.

An idea is born out of previously collected information processed into a new concept. Imagine all the data in your head as threads or networks. A new idea is a unique…

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Let’s apply the classical question of the chicken and the egg on idea generation.

If the idea is the “egg” and the customer is the “chicken” — which originated from the other? One side of approaching this question is by analyzing where ideas come from. Common theories talk about slow hunches, long incubation time, Eureka moments — but also experimental innovators and “scratching your own itch”.

An idea is a thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action, that includes a starting point and a solution. The interesting thought here would be: who initiated the idea in the…

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If you have over 70% CTA rate on your newsletter, you don’t need this info. For everyone else, keep reading.

“The power is in the e-mail list. The larger list you manage to grow, the more successful you’ll become. Create a weekly freebie and you won’t have a worry in the world. Do not use social media channels for your marketing, because, God forbid, Mark Zuckerberg changes his mind and turns off Facebook, you’ll be left with nothing.” Sounds familiar? …

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I idea generate for a living. On daily basis I meet people who are looking for new profitable business ideas. Often times my clients and students ask me for a “great idea” for them to take on, as if I was randomly to pull one out of a magic idea box. This story will show you what to focus on when “finding” your next big idea.

This morning I was putting in my contact lenses realizing that I soon need to refill my stock and it got me thinking what the market looked like when I got my very first…

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Earlier today I found myself without my laptop for two hours due to a software update. I saw that as a sign of a long overdue house clean, so I rolled up my sleeves and went for it. You see, when I clean, I really clean. I move furnitures, I crawl under the bed, I wipe off spiders from every corner (downside of living in a very cool attic). If you remember Magda from “All about Mary” — I am her, she is me. (we even share first name). The funny thing… when I was done and looked around the…

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Great ideas are born out of a solid preparation phase, some incubation time — and a lot of inspiration. Just as in the song from Chicago, “I can’t do it alone”, a helping hand in a shape of a creative injection has never done any harm. So here are 10 people who will bring you the inspiration you need.

Oh, I’m sorry. I am not going to give you 10 NAMES, since what you and I are creating at the moment is immensely different and we couldn’t possibly get inspired by same individuals (ok, sure — to some extend, but…

Magdalena Bibik

Brings ideas to the table. Expert in idea generation and creative business thinking. SE, ENG, POL . MBE & LLM Lund University. https://www.magdalenabibik.com/

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