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How You Can Generate The Next Million Dollar Idea By Doodling On A Napkin

How You Can Generate The Next Million Dollar Idea By Doodling On A Napkin

Did you ever get in trouble in school for doodling on your homework or class notes? Hopefully, your teacher did not deter you from continuing to doodle because doodling is an amazing way to stimulate ideas and bring your experiences, impressions, and insights to life. Many of the million dollar ideas are in fact, originally doodled on napkins!

Great ideas like the Harry Potter book series, the Discovery channel’s Shark Week were originally sketched on napkins.[1] And the founding of Southwest Airlines was also originated on the back of a cocktail napkin:[2]

    While you don’t need a fancy sketchpad to get the job done, carrying around your own basic sketchpad can be a great way to let your creativity flow whenever you have a great idea.

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    Doodling calms your emotion and makes you open up to more refreshing thoughts.

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      Since doodling is expressive, creative, and spontaneous, your mind and emotions become highly focused. Doodling changes your state of mind and emotions, while helping you make new connections. The process is somewhat similar to journaling or meditation, but using your visual sense instead.

      Jesse Prinz, a philosophy professor at City University of New York Graduate Center who studies doodling in the context of research on art said,[3]

      “Doodling is an enjoyable activity, and that positive emotion makes us more creative by opening us up to more exploratory avenues of thought. If you spend half an hour doing something creative, when someone gives you a problem you will think about it in fresh ways.”

      Since doodling distracts people from consciously thinking about a problem, it allows for a “subconscious incubation of the solution” like how sleeping works.

      People who don’t experience great benefits from journaling or meditation may find that doodling is a better fit for them. We each have preferred ways of synthesizing information. For people who tend to think more visually, doodling can supercharge their creative process while soothing stressful emotions.

      You don’t need to be good at drawing to doodle, anyone can do it.

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        Many of us were discouraged from drawing at some point in our lives because we were told that we just weren’t good enough artists or that drawing wasn’t an important activity. We may have even been scolded for doodling in class, when the act of doodling actually helped us stay focused! While nearly all children naturally draw and create, many adults struggle to reconnect with this spontaneous desire to draw and doodle.

        The good news is that doodling is open to everyone. Doodling expert Sunni Brown who wrote the book The Doodle Revolution, emphasizes that,[4]

        a person’s “perceived skill has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the learning experience for the doodler.”

        Doodling is less about artistic quality than it is about the act of creating and expressing.

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        With that in mind, don’t worry about the artistic quality of your doodles. Instead, focus on enjoying the experience of doodling. In that joyful and spontaneous state, you will be amazed at the new, creative ideas that come to your mind.

        Doodles really can be anything, from signatures to abstract patterns and cartoons. Just grab a pen and doodle on the napkin or your notebook when you’re feeling kind of stuck.

        And who knows, one of those doodling sessions may just lead you to the next million dollar idea.

        Featured photo credit: REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico via google.com.hk

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        How to Find Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Purpose

        How to Find Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Purpose

        I wrote a few articles about starting a business based on something you love doing and are passionate about. I received several responses from people saying they weren’t sure how to go about figuring out what they were most passionate about or how to find their true purpose. So I’m dedicating this article to these issues — how to find your entrepreneurial passion and purpose.

        When I work with a new client, the first thing we talk about is lifestyle design. I ask each client, “What do you want your life to look like?” If you designed a business without answering this question, you could create a nice, profitable business that is completely incompatible with your goals in life. You’d be making money, but you’d probably be miserable.

        When you’re looking for your life purpose, lifestyle design isn’t a crucial component. However, since we’re talking about entrepreneurial purpose, lifestyle design is indeed crucial to building a business that you’ll enjoy and truly be passionate about.

        For example, say you want to spend more time at home with your family. Would you be happy with a business that kept you in an office or out of town much of the time? On the flip side, if you wanted to travel and see the world, how well could you accomplish that goal if your business required your presence, day in and day out, to survive? So start by getting some clarity on your personal goals and spend some time working on designing your life.

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        At this point, you may need a little prodding, and you may want to hire a coach or mentor to work with you through this process. Many people are very used to the idea that there is a particular way a life “should” be. There are certain milestones most people tend to live by, and if you don’t meet those markers when or in the manner you’re “supposed” to meet them, that can cause some anxiety.

        Here’s how to find your passion and purpose:

        Give Yourself Permission to Dream a Little

        Remember that this is your life and you can live it however you choose. Call it meditation or fantasy, but let your imagination run here. And answer this question:

        “If you had no fears or financial limitations, what would your ideal life, one in which you could be totally content and happy, look like?”

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        Once you’ve figured out your lifestyle design, it’s time to do a little more soul-searching to figure out what you’re truly passionate about. This is a time to really look within and look back.

        Specifically, look back over your life history. When were you the happiest? What did you enjoy doing the most? Remember that what you’re looking for doesn’t necessarily have to be an entire job, but can actually be aspects of your past jobs or hobbies that you’ve really enjoyed.

        Think About a Larger Life Purpose

        Many successful entrepreneurs have earned their place in history by setting out to make a difference in the world. Is there a specific issue or cause that is important to you or that you’re particularly passionate about?

        For some, this process of discovery may come easily. You may go through these questions and thought experiments and find the answers quickly. For others, it may be more difficult. In some cases, you may suffer from a generalized lack of passion and purpose in your life.

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        Sometimes, this can come from having suppressed passion in your life for too long. Sometimes, it can come from eating poorly and lack of exercise. But occasionally, it may have something to do with your internal chemistry or programming. If the latter applies to you, it may be useful for you to seek help in the form of a coach, mentor, or counselor.

        In other cases, not knowing your true purpose may be a matter of having not discovered it yet: you may not have found anything that makes your heart beat faster. If this is the case, now is the time to explore!

        The Internet is a fantastic tool for learning and exploration. Search hobbies and careers and learn as much as you can about any topic that triggers your interest, then follow up at the library on the things that really intrigue you. Again, remember that this is your life and only you can give yourself permission to explore all that the world has available to you.

        How Do You Know When You’ve Found Your True Entrepreneurial Purpose?

        I can only tell you how I knew when I had discovered my own — it didn’t hit me like a ton of bricks. Rather, it settled over me, bringing a deep sense of peace and commitment. It felt like I had arrived home and knew exactly what to do and how to proceed.

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        Everything flowed easily from that point forward. That’s not to say that I found success immediately after that moment. But rather, the path ahead of me was clear, so I knew what to do.

        Decisions were easier and came faster to me. And success has come on MY terms, according to my own definitions of what success means to me in my own lifestyle design.

        Dig deep, look within, and seek whatever help you need. Once you find that purpose and passion, your life — not just your entrepreneurial life, but your entire life — will never be the same.

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