Thursday, October 11, 2012

2013 TKR: Quick Quotes about how to get ideas

Quick Quotes about how to get ideas
Self-help--Thinkerer
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  • The reason quotes stick around is that they fit lots of things.  
  • So look them over.  
  • You may find one that fits you.  
  • Or somebody you know.
Ideas 
  • To think outside the box, first find the box.
  • The way to have a good idea is to get a lot of ideas to choose from.
  • Another name for focus is tunnel vision.
  • Every problem is an opportunity being mismanaged.
  • Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
  • Which assumptions are unexamined?
  • If you know what you are looking for, you will know how to look for it.
  • You know this how?


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  • Get the facts, or the facts will get you.
  • Luck:  When preparation and opportunity meet.
  • The door to creativity opens with a twist of the conventional. 
  • Learn how to turn things upside down.   Or you'll  never get the ketchup.
  • If you hit a dead end, turn around.
  • Don't raise the bridge, lower the river.
  • Is there another goal that would do as well?
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  • You don't make the new idea without breaking the old rules.
  • Everything you take for granted has an expiration date.
  • Ignorance ain’t so much not knowing things as knowing so many things that ain’t so.
  • If your mind wanders, follow it.  Maybe it knows something you don’t.
  • Creativity is like swimming.   You can’t do it until you discover that you can.
  • Similarity can take you to novelty, unless someone else gets there first.
  • Everything has been thought of before.   The problem is thinking of it when you need it.
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  • If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
  • You can gather your thoughts quickly if you are thoughtless.
  • Canvas, paints, palette.   Anyone can have these.  The art is in how you put them together.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi:  Many of the truths we cling to depend on our point of view.
  • A picture in your head is worth a thousand words in your mouth.
  • Daydreaming.   It’s not just for children any more.
  • Why does everybody do it that way?  Why don’t you ask?  Maybe somebody remembers.
  • Why do you want to achieve this goal?
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  • Why post keep-off-the-grass signs?  Why not put sidewalks where people want to walk?
  • If a thing is worth doing, it is worth knowing why you are doing it.
  • Some see things as they are and ask why.   We see things as they could be and ask why not.
  • What are your resources?
  • You can observe a lot by watching.   -Yogi Berra.
  • If you do not know the past, you are destined to repeat it.  And think it is something new.
  • Knowledge lies in answers.  Wisdom lies in questions.
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  • Look around for something everybody believes.  Could they be wrong?
  • People will work harder to prove you wrong than to prove you right.
  • Never end a creative job until you have to.
  • To walk in another’s shoes, you must first remove you own.
  • Learn from the mistakes of others.  You don't have time to make them all yourself.
  • Don’t try to stand out in the crowd.  Stand somewhere else.
  • Everybody is creative.  The difference is that some people know that and some don’t.
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  • Genius is a little inspiration and a lot of perspiration.—Thomas A. Edison.
  • The more experience you have, the less you need the props.
  • An idea is just floats around without a plan. 
  • My best idea was the one I forgot to write down.
  • The trick in finding the right answers lies in asking the right questions. 
  • Creativity is like the plug on your computer.  The only reason to force it is if you want it to break. 
  • Imagination without reality is daydreaming.  Reality without imagination is death.
  • All life is art. It's just that not all people appreciate art.
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  • If you seek the unity of life, do not seek on the mountain top.  Seek in the midst of life.
  • The secret of creativity is drawing on good sources.
  • It is never too late for an idea.  It is just too early for the next time you need it.
  • You can’t reject an idea you never had.
  • If you are talking to yourself, don't just listen.  See.
  • Creativity is a mix of ideas and hard work.  
  • The only stupid question is the one you didn't ask.
  • You won't run out of creativity until you stop using it.
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  • The strongest card you have is one you haven't played. 
  • Are there other problems like this?  Do they have solutions?
  • What are your main assumptions?    Do you believe them?
  • How would you recognize a solution if you stumbled on it?
  • Is this a subgoal?  Is there another way to reach the main goal?
  • Only Vulcans seek the superset.
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  • Could you solve part of the problem?  Would that help?
  • What is the worst thing you could do?
  • What is the funniest solution you can think of?
  • Who would see this problem as an opportunity?
  • How can you change what you tried before?
  • Do you know the difference between a groove and a rut?
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  • What idea seems least likely to be useful?
  • Can you break the rules without breaking the tools?
  • Are you listening to the quiet parts of your brain?
  • You know what you should do.  What would happen if you did the reverse?
  • Have you ever been in this kind of situation before?  What did you do then?
  • How would you have dealt with this situation in the past?
  • And now for something completely different.  What is it?
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  • What part of this problem have you never heard of before?
  • What personal skills are you not using?
  • What fictional situations have you seen like this one?
  • Is there a name for this problem? Can you look it up on the web?
  • Imagine a news show about problems like this.  What advice would it give?
  • How could you do a trial run?
  • Do you need more information?  Where could you look?
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  • What made you start wanting to solve this problem?
  • If a friend had this problem, what would you suggest?
  • How do people usually solve problems like this?
  • Who knows more about the problem than you do?
  • How would a child see this problem?
  • What result will you celebrate?
  • Tooth Fairy:  Does your wish list connect to this problem?
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  • Canter: Check over what you can't do. You can't be sure you got that right.
  • Storyboarder:  Have you ever heard a story like the one you want to happen?
  • Putitov:  What would happen if you put off any decision for a while?
  • Everything connects to everything else. Creativity is finding connections that fit your goal.
  • Ideas come from the quiet parts of you brain.  But only if you listen.
  • How did people solve this kind of problem a hundred years ago?
  • Give away your ideas.  Make room for more.  You know where to find them.

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