Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Ultimate Guide for Becoming an Idea Machine

By James Altucher

The way to have good ideas is to get close to killing yourself. It’s  like weightlifting. When you lift slightly more than you can handle, you  get stronger.

In life, when the gun is to your head, you either figure it out, or you die.

When you cut yourself open, you bleed ideas. If you’re broke and close to death, you have to start coming up with ideas.

If you destroy your life, you need to come up with ideas to rebuild it.

The only time I’ve been FORCED to have good ideas is when I was up  against the wall. My life insurance policy was like a gun to my head:  “Come up with good ideas… OR ELSE your kids get your life insurance!”

At an airport when I realized a business I had been working on for four years was worthless.

Or when I was sitting in the dark at three in the morning in the living  room of the house I was going bankrupt and losing my home, my brain  figuring out how to die without anyone knowing it was planned.

Or when I was getting a divorce and I was lonely and afraid I wouldn’t  make any money again or I wouldn’t meet anyone again. Or my kids would  hate me. Or my friends would be disgusted by me.

The problem is  this: you’re NOT in a state of panic most of the time. States of panic  are special and have to be revered. Think about the times in your life  that you remember – it’s exactly those moments when you hit bottom and  were forced to come up with ideas, to get stronger, to connect with some  inner force inside you with the outer force.

This is why it’s important NOW to strengthen that connection to that idea force inside of you. This post is about HOW.

Read the rest here.

1 comment:

  1. "The way to have good ideas is to get close to killing yourself."

    OR ... You can look at prices for information about what to do next, Austrian.

    Of course, you have to try to ignore prices in terms of non-commodity "money" (such as Federal Reserve Notes) in order for prices to give you the information you need. And you have to try to dodge government interventions.

    It's going to suck that people will think you're nuts, but at least you know how to find real information, rather than false price signals.

    Smashing Myths and Restoring Sound Money | Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

    The Birth of the Austrian School | Joseph T. Salerno