I tweeted this recently based off a conversation that I had with a friend about coming up with an idea for a problem.
Ideas are easy for me. I have them all the time. And in a lot of situations these ideas are centered around a need. But after my conversation with my friend, I started to think about where ideas come from. And as I looked at all my ideas, they almost always centered around a conversation, inspiration, an event, a circumstance or another friend. It was all based off of experiences. Ideas are shaped by experiences I have each day. My ideas are only as good as my experiences.
So how do we get more great ideas?
Do more stuff. That is it, simply put, experience more things.
It is kind of a weird thought, to come up with something new you have to go off of something old. But, if I have seen anything come from my ideas it is all based off of past experiences.