Listen to kids. Their ideas are not clogged up by years of boxed-in thinking.
I just realized this last night when trying to screw a shelf to a wall bracket and was getting frustrated. My 9 year old, Sam, said, “Dad, let me take a look. I might have an idea.” That was all it took. I hadn’t even realized I could do anything but keep slogging forward in constant failure. I took 5 seconds to think and came up with a solution.
In the future I’ll be asking for a fresh childlike perspective sooner.
And to think, I almost snapped at him for talking while I was struggling. 😦
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading recently about personal improvement and helping those around me. I’ve been reading James Altucher’s book “The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth” in which he advocates making a daily list of 10 ideas.
He suggests giving the ideas away for free, an “all boats lift in a rising tide” mentality. I’ve been making multiple lists a day – some of them are too private to share (things like “how can I help Uncle Crime fight a lawsuit”) but the ones I can share will get posted.
I believe ideas are only relevant for a short period of time so the site is named accordingly: