Isaac Asimov: How to Never Run Out of Ideas Again

Charles Chu
Dec 22, 2016 · 6 min read

1. Never Stop Learning

Asimov wasn’t just a science fiction writer. He had a PhD in chemistry from Columbia. He wrote on physics. He wrote on ancient history. Hell, he even wrote a book on the Bible.

2. Don’t Fight the Stuck

It’s refreshing to know that, like myself, Asimov often got stuck —

3. Beware the Resistance

All creatives — be they entrepreneurs, writers or artists — know the fear of giving shape to ideas. Once we bring something into the world, it’s forever naked to rejection and criticism by millions of angry eyes.

4. Lower Your Standards

Asimov was fully against the pursuit of perfectionism. Trying to get everything right the first time, he says, is a big mistake.

5. Make MORE Stuff

Interestingly, Asimov also recommends making MORE things as a cure for perfectionism —

6. The Secret Sauce

A struggling writer friend of Asimov’s once asked him, “Where do you get your ideas?”

I couldn’t sleep last night so I lay awake thinking of an article to write and I’d think and think and cry at the sad parts. I had a wonderful night.

Nobody ever said having ideas was going to be easy.

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