“Where do you get your inspiration from?” The thing I’ve been asked most since I started this blog. (Ok, probably still my number one question is “can I use the logo here” but this is coming in second.) It’s hard question to answer – inspiration can really come from anywhere – but for me there are three broad ways I get my inspiration.
- Talking to people
I’m surrounded by smart, inquisitive and enthusiastic people. So are you (if you’re not, think about making some changes). Talking to the people around me about my challenges, their challenges and the challenges others face is my main source of inspiration. I’m not just talking about people I work with, it can be your extended network, or people you know socially.
If different people ask you the same question more than once consider how that answer could become a blog. (Hence, today’s blog).
- Hearing from experts
I am unashamedly enthralled by almost everything Simon Sinek says. We live in a time when there are experts everywhere – there are books, blogs and podcasts – however you like to absorb discussion it’s easy. Find some people that inspire you and listen out for what they’re saying, think about how what they’re saying works for you.
- Just thinking
Thinking about problems is the best way of solving them. Writing a blog gives you a chance to think through your problem, build your case or even write the opposite view to give you empathy with that side of an argument. I seem to spend a lot of time at airports, on flights and in cars. I like to use that time to either listen to a podcast, an audiobook or to put music on and think. Dwell on what’s inspiring you and think about what that could mean for your audience. When do you give yourself time to think freely?
Write it down!
The most important tip I have for you when looking for inspiration is to make sure you record it. I have Evernote on my phone, you could use a notebook. But the most important thing to remember is that whenever an idea comes up, or you’re having an interesting conversation, to start making notes. Write down a sentence or two on your main point and you can fill in the details later. If you don’t write it down, you’ll forget it.
That’s how inspiration works for me. But we’re all different. What works for you? Let me know in the comments below.