Entrepreneurs/artists are a rare class. Many things set them apart including dedication and independence, a willingness to take risks. However, one crucial quality stands out when we consider the shared characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. They all see the world differently and find creative, innovative ways to solve ways to solve difficulties.

Unfortunately for most of us, creativity usually feels like it is hiding just around the corner and you cannot reach it. To a reasonable extent, you have to let inspiration and creativity come to you. The more you follow it, the less success you may have in finding it.

Part of the problem is a work-life balance. Many entrepreneurs/artists often do not pay enough attention to their mental or physical well-being. They work many hours, eat whatever they can find, and finish tasks under stressful conditions. It is a recipe for burnout. The state of mind that allows you to find inspiration becomes more elusive if you are not addressing your requirements along the way. Here are various ways to switch things up and take yourself into account for a change that will help you find inspiration for creative new approaches.

Write it down

 

Write everything down: laughably terrible ideas, bad ideas, good ideas, dreams, random musings, etc.. Putting your thoughts on paper makes it easier to go back and find the stroke of genius. It also helps you to understand a little bit about how your brain works.

Read

Nearly every successful entrepreneur/artist reads voraciously when they are not working. More importantly, they read blogs, books, and papers covering subjects outside their industry to extend their knowledge and discover new relationships.

Find new surroundings

The real space around us has a surprising influence on thought processes. Spending time brainstorming away from the desk can be surprisingly effective. If you are a home entrepreneur/artist, start working at various independent local cafes each time you work away from home.

Broaden your horizons

Traveling is an excellent way to see how the rest of the world lives. You can get inspiration from seeing new ideas of doing things or discovering needs you did not know existed.

Ask around

Sometimes it just takes a different viewpoint. Sites like Reddit or Quora can be great resources to get input from experienced entrepreneurs/artists.

Hit the gym

 

Maintaining your body with a physical task can stimulate your mind. Take yourself away from thoughts about the past and future and focus on a physical task that exists only at the moment. Plus, staying fit helps you to be more alert and concentrated.

Clear away distractions

Spend some time away from the telephone, social media or anything else that pulls you away from the problem at hand. You do not have to be on an airplane to put your device on airplane mode.

Question all assumptions

Do not let any concept slip by without being examined, tested and turned on its head.

Focus on yourself

Get enough sleep, take a vacation, do what it takes to get in the right place for yourself. Once you are there, creativity will come more naturally.

Be open to all sources

Looking for inspiration from successful entrepreneurs/artists is an excellent idea, but low-level employees might have just as much insight.

Fail

 

Sometimes our failures can set the stage for our grandest successes. As Steven Tyler said in a famous Aerosmith’s song, “You have got to lose to know how to win.”

Stop being a perfectionist

For that moment, allow something to be imperfect. Start acting, even if that means going forward with a concept that is not refined just yet.

Have quiet time

Sit and meditate, be attentive for a moment. Be alone with yourself. Focus on your breath, and you may find inspiration come to you instead of the other way around like it did for Don Draper.

Pump up the music

Sometimes listening to new music can trigger your brain’s creativity. Sometimes that might work where silence fails.

Evaluate your goals

Maybe your struggle for inspiration is a characteristic of a deeper issue. Are your efforts being concentrated in the right direction?

Do not analyze

Spend time brainstorming without examining your ideas. Throw out everything and anything, then go back later to see if anything makes sense.

Browse the web

The internet is the world’s most significant and most diverse library. Sometimes letting yourself be drawn down a pathway of links and pointless searches can take you to a new and fascinating concept.

Study history

History is full of great thoughts. What is more, it often contains the processes and the influences behind those great concepts. Following the creation of great minds in the past can help you find new clarifications in the present.

Never stop learning

Take classes in your free time, read scientific articles and listen to lectures. The more you learn, the more opportunities you have to make connections and discover new concepts.

Look at your own life

Think about obstacles you encounter on a day-to-day basis. What disappoints you, and how could you potentially remove that frustration?

Be creative in other ways 

Paint. Write poetry or fiction. Play an instrument. Improving your artistically creative side can help you find inspiration for creating business plans.

Be the stupidest person in the room

Try your best and surround yourself with people intelligent than you. They’ll push you to come up with new concepts and help you refine them into practical applications.

Simplify

Sometimes a lack of motivation can come from working on too many projects. Cut out trivial tasks and concentrate on solving one problem at a time.

Tackle small problems

If you cannot find a creative solution to a big problem, start by working on smaller issues. Take the hills first, build some momentum, and then you might be ready for the mountains.

Keep pushing

Anyone can have one good concept. Unfortunately, you need a lot of good thoughts to make a business work.

The best entrepreneurs/artists relentlessly follow up on their first thought and keep picking away at new problems for as long as it takes.

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