I’d like to wax romantically about how I get my ideas strolling along on dog walks, but that would be a lie. I spend most of my time watching out for speeding cars, white reverse lights and kids on bicycles who think dogs know to move over to the right.. or left.. as they weave in and out along the sidewalk. Walks are for the vigilant. I spend most of my brain power strategizing on how to carry 200 pounds of dog should anything unfortunate happen.
So, dog walks are not really fertile idea grounds. Neither is the time spent mowing the lawn, shopping for groceries, strolling the mall, walking in the park, standing in the shower — all of those stereotypical settings people go on about. Sure, I get ideas in those places from time to time, but mostly not.
I get my ideas through raw fear.
This happens almost every time I get a new project or stare at the blank page hours before a deadline.
I worry often that I have run out of creativity, that I am not able to see the next trends on the social and technical horizons, that others around me are faster and smarter.
I worry that I don’t have enough time in the day or enough personal resources to make a difference.
Then I realize that most people only worry about how they are going to get to 5:00pm every day and how they will make enough money to make rent and buy gas.
And now being concerned about not being enough is perhaps the biggest advantage.
But I still get scared.
This blog post is part of a blog-off series with a group of bloggers from different professions and world views, each exploring a theme from his/her world view. This was about answering the question, Where do you get your ideas? To explore how others handled the theme, check them out below. I will add links as they publish.