I'm an idea person. And I love to brainstorm. As Linus Pauling said, "The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas." I try to keep myself surrounded by inspiration to keep those creative juices flowing. One source of inspiration comes directly to my inbox each day. The website is Idea-a-Day, Where Ideas Are Free. Subscribe to the free email
, and each day, you’ll receive one interesting idea. You can submit your own thoughts for publication too. I love this concept because it promotes a philosophy of abundance (there is no shortage of great ideas!) and proves that it's not just about having an idea, it's what you do with that idea that counts. I love the Ashley Brilliant quote: "Good ideas are common - what's uncommon are people who'll work hard enough to bring them about". I wonder how many of these thousands of ideas have actually been pursued...
Here are a few of my favorites:
Decrease paper waste and environmental impact by reducing the number of shop receipts printed on paper. Henceforth, receipts should be optional and/or offered electronically. Customers wanting an electronic record of purchases would receive an email. This would be sent automatically to their email address when their store or debit card is swiped.
Invent a cold water bottle - the opposite of a hot water bottle - that would help keep the user cool during oppressively hot nights.
Launch a language school that also functions as a dating agency. Called the International Language of Love perhaps, the school would pair couples that share interests and a mutual attraction but also wish to learn each others' language.
If you prefer your inspiration in physical form, you can buy The Big Idea Book, a collection of great ideas from the site. Speaking of The Big Idea, does anyone know Donny Deutsch? I'd like to see South 'n France Bon Bons appear on his show.