Expat Magazine

3 Idea Fountains

By Sofia1 @SofiaEssen

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, a fresh idea never hurt anyone. I often stumble upon my best ideas while walking, talking and stalking.


I’m a walker. I walk… a lot. Thanks to my walking, Taxi Driver is probably the fittest Yorkshire Terrier in Europe. Not only does walking keep me reasonably fit too, it also jumpstarts the idea factory corner of my brain. My feet go on autopilot as the workers at the idea factory roll up their sleeves and get to work.


I talk as much as I walk. Talking and listening (don’t forget to listen) to people often sparks an idea I can file away in my mental “ideas folder” and use later. And, if you already have an idea, talking to someone you trust and respect about it can help fine-tune it. 


Okay, “stalking” is a strong word… But following other professionals in your field who have successful careers can help you get useful ideas for how to further your own. Investigate what they’ve done to get to where they are. See if there’s something they’ve done to reach their goals that you could be doing too.


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