Do you always feel inspired? We all go through those times when we have no idea what to write about on our blog or what we want to do next in our career or even what business we want to try next. As an entrepreneur, you’re not alone in this lack of inspiration from time to time.
Without innovation and forward thinking, no business can succeed. All successful entrepreneurs know this, and that is why they’re constantly on the search for the next big idea that will push their business over the top.
Unfortunately, innovative ideas are definitely not a dime a dozen. While the Phil Knights and Elon Musks of the world always seem to be on the cutting edge of innovation, the truth is that every entrepreneur is in need of some inspiration now and again.
Inspiration, as we know, cannot be manufactured. If there were some well that we could go to endlessly for inspiration, we would all be millionaire business owners by now. Fortunately, though, there are a few places you can look to find inspiration consistently. None of them involve someone spelling out your future plans for you, but each can spark something in your mind that could lead to your next big break.
What bothers you? In addition to looking at what you love for business ideas, look at the things that bother you. What are your daily frustrations and pet peeves and how can you fix them?
This way of thinking brought us electricity (gas-lit lamps were too much of a hassle to light), automobiles (horses were too slow and pooped too much), and even the device you’re reading this article on right now (sending messages via telegram or carrier pigeon wasn’t nearly quick enough). Solving a problem could turn out to be much more inspirational than inventing a new product.
What have other people done? I’m not talking about copying what they’ve done (you may hear from lawyers if you do that). I’m talking about seeing what has been done and then coming up with a unique and different way to solve the same problem.
Think about the future. If you can envision how things will look in the future, you may be able to solve problems that others haven’t figured out yet. Anticipating future needs could take your business to the next level.
Seek expansion. If you feel that your business hasn’t reached its potential, you’re right. As long as you play your cards right, you can find ways to slowly expand the reach of your company into similar industries. If you’re lucky (and really good at what you do), you might just end up expanding further than you ever thought possible.
Stop looking at your phone. With the hustle and bustle of today’s society, we can get overwhelmed. If your day is occupied by traffic, phone calls and meetings, it’s no surprise that you’re having a hard time thinking of new ideas. Try this: The second you finish reading this article, close your laptop, turn off your phone, and take a walk.
Keep grinding. While turning off is a good idea from time to time, nothing should dissuade you from your pursuit of new ideas and innovation. The second you become complacent, your potential for inspiration drops considerably.
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