Consistently generating great ideas may seem to require an above-average amount of luck and inspiration, but the Lifehack blog suggests a process anyone can use to regularly come up with great ideas. The method is centred around looking at your unexpected successes.
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First, you have to start thinking of creative or innovative ideas as simply connections between things (as Steve Jobs said). Then take a look at your recent ideas that have been surprisingly successful. Lifehack gives the examples of blogging -- looking for new posts that are doing better than expected -- but you could apply this to any area:
The unexpected success is what you are to spot and then understand in order to create your own great ideas. They are the seeds of great ideas. If you are able to notice an unexpected success and then find out why it succeeded then you will be able to capitalise on it by generating an idea that utilizes the fundamental reasons why the unexpected success succeeded.
Hit up the article for a five-step method for idea generation that builds on your unusual successes.
How to Consistently Come Up with Great Ideas [Lifehack]