The most inspiring book – which one?

During my inspiration workshops people often note that the most inspiring book they have read is Antoine de Saint Exupery´s Little Prince. It´s a deep story made simple. It encourages us to challenge our assumptions and bring more creativity into our lives.

If you haven´t read it or you simply want to refresh your memory, then you can also read the “Little Prince” online.

Share your opinion: which book has inspired you the most?

I´ll start with some of the books and lessons that have had a great positive impact of my life:

The most important resource is not time, it is energy.
Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz: “The Power of Full Engagement”

Automate your work and live your life the way you really want to.
Timothy Ferriss: “4 Hour Workweek”

Focus your energy on what you want in your life. And that´s what you get in your life. The law of attraction.
Rhonda Byrne: “The Secret”

It´s not about what happened, it´s not about what will happen. It´s about what you are experiencing now. Being in the now – wow.
Eckhart Tolle: “The Power of Now”

Achieve the state of being totally committed to the work at hand. Let it flow.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: “Flow – The Psychology of Optimal Experience”

Back to you: peek at your bookshelf and share the name of your favorite book.

Online course for young leaders – Creating Inspiration

Online personal development course with motivating videos and practical tips  for bringing more inspiration into your life.


If you´re looking for inspiration, then you will find the new online course “Creating Inspiration” very useful for getting practical tips, tactics to:

  • Build your self-confidence, to be completely inspired and not to worry about the small things.
  • Be inspired even with a tight schedule.
  • Activate yourself and fulfill your goals with inspired passion.
  • Discover more inspiring moments, people and opportunities around you.
  • Be the inspiration when communicating with people.

The online course consists of 5 practical lessons which you can explore whenever you feel.


50 enterprising young persons gave their input noting what prevents them from being inspired. This course was developed with their needs in mind, systematizing the obstacles and turning them into tactics to overcome them.


this course is very useful for all the young leaders who need encouraging and inspiring input to recharge themselves to create a positive impact on the world.


The course consists of 5 lessons – each packed with encouraging videos and clear, effective exercises that can bring you life-changing results as you apply them.

Are you a young leader? Then this course is free for you – take it as  a present from me.

creating_inspiration_course_for_young_leadersWhich topics are covered?

Click on the mindmap image to find out which hot topics and questions are covered during the course.

Why is it for free?

I´m a passionate learner and I love being in a constant state of development, but due to my busy training schedule I might not be able to reach all the people who really need this kind of inspiration through trainings. That´s why I want to share a piece of myself through this online course to all the enterprising young people, who want to create the positive impact on the world.

Get your free Creating Inspiration online course

About 1000 people have already found this course useful (last update: 16.05.2011) 

The most effective creativity techniques for getting fresh ideas

Creativity is about turning imagination into value. Ignite your imagination and enrich your creative thinking toolbox by applying these simple and effective creativity techniques.

reversed_brainstorming_creativity_techiqueReverse brainstorming – how not to solve the problem

Tired of doing routine brainstorms on “how to get more clients” or “how to get more sales” etc? Turn it around and brainstorm on how to make the problem even worse and after that turn the ideas around again – stating them in positive.

  1. Define your problem.
  2. Reverse your problem.
  3. Brainstorm ideas for the reversed problem – be bold and provocative. Get as many ideas as possible.
  4. Reverse those problems, turning them into ideas for your initial problem.
  5. Take massive action and get results.


 “How to create trainings that are really boring?” – reversed problem How to create exciting trainings?” –  ideas for initial problem
Lets make people stand still, silent and with their hands tied together. Let people move around in the room freely, get them to communicate with each-other lively and let them do stuff with their hands (moulding, writing, drawing…).
Lets show them irrelevant slides filled with text on law paragraphs. Lets turn off the projector, focus only on the most relevant content and use flip-chart to make cool drawings to help people to memorize the content with symbols only.


Interesting side-effects: by stating ways how not to solve the problem you often develop a deeper understanding of things you are actually doing wrong at the moment. Having them written down and finding ways to turn it around makes you more motivated for positive change.

superheroes_creativity_techiqueSuperheroes technique – borrowed brains

Don´t just use all the brains you have – also use all the brains you can borrow. Map your superheroes – people you admire – and get ready to rock´n roll!

  1. Define your problem.
  2. Brainstorm 10-50 superheroes – people who are better than you in some specific domain. Take a note on each superhero´s unique skill.
  3. Ask yourself “How would x solve this problem?” or “What can I learn from x to solve this problem?” or “What has x done that could also work for me?” etc. Take notes on ideas that come to your mind.
  4. Select the most interesting ideas and find ways in which you can adopt them to your current situation to solve this problem.
  5. Take massive action and get results.

This technique is very similar to benchmarking, where the leading “superheros” can be your competitors. Turn your rivals into your superheros – use their brains and ideas to ignite your progress. Shift this paradigm and get results.

forced_connections_creativity_techiqueForced connections – the art of combining

There is nothing totally new in this world. The difference between innovators and non-innovators is simply the fact that innovators make better connections that are of value.

  1. Define your problem.
  2. Brainstorm different keywords that come to your head (relevant and irrelevant to the topic) – sometimes the more irrelevant they seem, the better it is. You can write those keywords down to Post-it notes and attach them to the wall.
  3. Start combining those words with each other and making up new connections asking yourself “what kind of ideas does this connection give me to solve my problem?”. Make wild connections by playing with the words and ideas.
  4. Select the best ideas.
  5. Take massive action and get results.

Did you know that:

  • All the modern English literature is a pattern of 26 letters.
  • All the paintings that have ever been done are made of 3 fundamental colors – blue, red, yellow.
  • All the music that has ever been written consists of patterns made out of 12 notes.
  • All the information you see on your computer screen is a pattern of binary code (“1” or “0”).

Impressive? I want you to redefine the amount of resources to come out with something totally new. You just have to become a great connector of existing elements. “What if I combined these things?”

journey_creativity_techiqueThe journey – adventure for ideas

Switch your thinking by switching your environment. Go out to get some fresh stimuli.

  1. Define your problem.
  2. Explain the problem to your team-mates and get out from your office (go to the library for example). Ask each member to investigate around to find ideas that could solve the problem and meet in one hour. They can take things with them or make notes and photos for example.
  3. Meet, take notes and share the ideas that you developed during your journey.
  4. Select the best ones adapt them to your current situation.
  5. Take massive action and get results.

Step out from your box, read materials you normally don´t read, talk to people you normally don´t speak. Get fresh ideas by getting fresh input.

Experiment by using elements from different creativity techniques, create combinations that suit you the best and create the ritual that helps you most effectively develop fresh ideas.

Are you using some cool creativity technique already? Let people know what it is and how it works by adding it as a comment. Let the world know what works, because there are hundreds of poeple longing for fresh ideas.

Best videos on creativity

I worked my way through youtube and other video streaming websites seeking for the best videos on creativity. Here are the results:

Where do good ideas come from?

Steven Johnson unravels a story of idea generation.

The surprising truth about what motivates us

Dan Pink invites us to discover 3 key components that shape our actions.

Tony Buzan on how to improve your creative thinking

Am I creative? How the brain works? How to think out of the box?

Edward De Bono on creative thinking

Is every novel idea creative? Provides a good framework for understanding creativity.

Tim Brown: The powerful link between creativity and play

Good involving lecture on creativity with many practical examples. Make sure you do all the excercises he asks you to 😉

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Entertaining and profoundly moving speech on creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

What happens if we ignore creativity?

How can you encourage a child? Use your imagination.

Have you seen any other good videos on creativity that are publicly available? Let everyone know by adding their links as comments.

The very best of creativity links

We possess a powerful tool – the internet connection. All the secrets, knowledge and perhaps even the truth can be found in there. But the main question is:”What do you type in after starting your web-browser?”.

I´ll make it easier for you – all the best stuff about creativity can be found using these links on creativity.


Use online tools and creativity techniques to ignite your thinking – large database of creativity techniques. – big database of creativity links. – creative thinking techniques and about creativity. – tools for creative thinking. – creativity tools, techniques and methods. – creativity tests and entrepreneurial creativity. – very cool tool for developing advertisements. – loads of creativity tools. – thinking visually online. – team mindmapping online.
100 Excellent Online Tools to Feed Your Creativity

Get inspired by great thinkers – Ideas worth spreading. – leaders of thought on making the world a better place. – how artists, writers and other creative people organize their daily activities. – Seth Godin´s marketing blog. – Big link database on creativity and innovation compiled by Peter Fisk. – quotes on creativity.

Use connections and search-engines – searching from different mediums. – PowerPoint slides online. – displays connections between words. – visual search engine. – find pdf documents.

Get inspired by pictures – search engine that is independent from search-engines. – Pictures with a little Photoshop touch – good ads. – animated Flickr photo search. – digital creativity, advertisement and design.
FFFFound image bookmarking – browse through bookmarked pictures.

Investigate what is happening at idea contests and idea-banks – interesting innovations for inspiring you. – inventions and innovative products. – industrial design competitions. – global ideas bank. – ideas to be developed further. – Dell getting ideas for product development. – for young inventors. – 100 most creative people in business.

Peek in the blogs – search from blogs. – blog network.

Use checklists – 700 idea stimulators for product development.

Keep your eye on trends – trends in world. – differentiating trends.

Give the right fuel for your brain

20 Super Brain Foods

Any good links missing? Let us know by adding them as comments.