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How to Create Ideas: 11 Proven Lessons from Idea Generators
The article talks about a company called Intellectual Ventures which aim to generate new ideas, patent them, and license the patents to other companies. Unlike other companies that work based on existing ideas, this company works to create ideas. And how is the result? Each year the company files five hundred patents. That’s more than one patent a day!

The conclusion of the article is that big ideas are not rare. It’s just we don’t know how to find them. If we do, we will never experience scarcity of ideas. In fact, there will be so many ideas that we will have hard time choosing and prioritizing them.

1. Look hard for ideas

People weren’t finding dinosaur bones, and they assumed that it was because they were rare. But—and almost everything that Myhrvold has been up to during the past half decade follows from this fact—it was our fault. We didn’t look hard enough.

This lesson resonates with me. I do look for ideas, but I don’t look hard enough. It’s easy to expect big ideas to come with only moderate effort, but that is unlikely to happen.
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How to Create Ideas: 11 Proven Lessons from Idea Generators

Creating ideas is essential to thrive in this fast-changing world. It puts you ahead of the pack. The problem is: how do we create ideas? The New Yorker has an excellent article about it entitled In the Air. I highly recommend you to read it if you haven’t done so. It’s an enjoyable read, and it sheds light on how people create genuine ideas.

Sky - the limit of idea creation The article talks about a company called Intellectual Ventures which aim to generate new ideas, patent them, and license the patents to other companies. Unlike other companies that work based on existing ideas, this company works to create ideas. And how is the result? Each year the company files five hundred patents. That’s more than one patent a day!

1. Look hard for ideas
2. Ask challenging questions
3. Find partners
4. Do your homework
5. Be observant
6. Expect ideas anytime
7. Know the giants
8. Be flexible
9. Have diverse interests
10. Meet people from different backgrounds

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