Original ideas drive creativity and change, a sudden inspired thought a flash bulb moment.

Ironically Adam Grant’s TED Talk says that “Originals” people with creative ideas are normally procrastinators. They are slow to start and their opposite precrastinator the person who dives straight in with an idea, might not be that original.

Moderate procrastination allows divergent thinking to occur. The “Panic Monster” of the precrastinator just comes up with one thing. Putting an idea to one side and then revisiting gives you new insight and thinking.

Famously Martin Luther King worked on his speech into the early hours and on the morning of his address. At no point was the line “I have a dream…” on the first script.

If you look back at products and services that were the first movers they are not always the best. Facebook was able to learn from MySpace and Google learnt from Yahoo.

Being original is about having idea doubt and not self doubt. Change the dialogue in your head, the first ideas are not the best but that does not mean you are not the best.

We should always doubt the default and take initiative to look for a better option.

Original thinking is about fear of failing to try not the fear of failing. The biggest regret is no action, it is too important not to try. The more output you generate the more likely you are to hit on original ideas

Motivate yourself by doubting your ideas and think of lots more ideas.

Please contact bev@nuggetsoflearning.co.uk

Bev Wilkinson

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