Grow your Idea – Decrease your Unimaginativeness

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Decrease your Unimaginativeness – Grow your Idea

This is about developing your own unique ideas.

Imagine the following scenario:

You decided that you want to create your own business.


You’re completely serious about it.
You only need that killer idea. And then you got it. You’re happy. Finally, you can start.
And suddenly you got a shock. Someone had the same idea. And it’s not only similar, it’s scaringly equal.

And you think:

“Oh no, I’m lost!”

Or you could think as well:

“Oh, I am not a creative person. At least not an idea maker”

This is due to your self-image.


All your motivation, inspiration and willpower are gone, out of the window. Instantly.

You don’t have to have a unique idea that no one had ever had before.
Take any idea you have and grow it into something special.
Seeing it from that perspective will open up the floodgates.

Let me give you an example:

Otherwise, there would only be one brand of cars for example. And you know that’s not the case.
Only one type of supermarket. Same here. There exist more than just one type.

There’s enough potential left in the universe for every one of us to create something very unique.
Take your chance.

Like Frank Sinatra sang:

I’ll do it my way.

So do it your unique inspiring way.

I will give you one example for free I decided to keep secret because I wanted to make a business out of it as well.
It’s about an app.

I am gonna share One of my best-kept Secrets with You

A gallery app. For Android Phones. Because what I hate is there are many apps, but every app lacks some features I want to use.
Sometimes I find one app that has it. Another app has another feature I want to. No one seemed to have combined them right now.

If you know ES Explorer it’s like a Windows Explorer where you can find your files.


Works perfect for me, well done. 5 Stars so far.


And then there’s another gallery view, where you can choose to view your photos. Also good.

But here I miss one very important feature:

Bigger view of pics. And if I am watching those pics, I want to step through like in a gallery as well.
Bad luck. It’s not possible. I have to leave the view and click the next pic in the Explorer-like view.
Combine the Ideas and you will find some lucky people smiling looking at their phone.
Sure it is no gallery app, I understand. Yes. But I’d still like to step through the pics. And the functionality to do this is built in in ES-Explorer anyway.
They just didn’t consider it as important yet.

So just take the features you miss and combine them. In one app.

Steal my idea here, for free (BUT, hey, only this one, ok? 🙂


Especially those features are concrete:

  • enable an explorer like view where people can select a path or pictures (almost like in ES-Explorer)
  • enable people to scan your directories AND offer an option to do it recursively as well (QuickPic is said to do that, but it doesn’t work on my phone)
  • and make your view resizable like in the Google Photos app
  • add a 3d flyby effect or let your photos “tinder” around
    Hey, oh my God. Just had another idea, while watching a website, imagine you integrate a little game into it.
    Maybe you have to catch certain photos, or shoot them, sort them in a certain order. I got just inspired by stumbling upon this: Arena 5
  • Or you could use any scenario like showing some parts of the universe where the pics appear.

Make it ready and put it into the store of Google play. When it works, put some in-app-purchase things in it and you’re ready to earn.

Believe me, this works.
Gosh. Why did I even tell? :(. But I promised I am gonna share this with you.

And for sure, I have at least one other big app idea in store. 😉
And a book about something no one wrote in this depth about yet.
So I am very excited to work on these things.

The same I did with my still secret kept app idea, too:

Looking around:

  • What am I missing?
  • Which features do I like in other apps?
  • What would be good, but seems to not work anywhere?
  • What HAD already be done, but I can think of a way of improving it
  • Use something you already got on your phone in a different way
  • After you’ve collected some ideas, talk with other people about that
  • Listen when other people say: I hate my phone, because, then go and improve the “because”.
  • Listen to yourself when you complain about an app, what might be the main thing to change about it?

Just do the same like me and you are good to go.

Think like a tree.


Think like a tree. What do I mean by that? It means the stem is your main idea. Which might be small at first.
Even tiny. But then you got some different branches evolving from everywhere. Which means from the basic idea
you get some subordinate ideas. Smaller ones. Refined. Granular.

Don’t limit Yourself

But you can also do it the other way round. Who says you have to start with the stem? Maybe you got a granular point.
And you’ll think you’re way up until you got the whole picture of the tree. Which is then your complete construct of what you
want to develop. Break your old habits and patterns and develop something new.

There is a good story about a mathematician

George Dantzig. 

Ever heard his inspiring story?
I would categorize it as thinking outside the box.

During my first year at Berkeley I arrived late one day to one of Neyman’s classes. On the blackboard were two problems which I assumed had been assigned for homework. I copied them down. A few days later I apologized to Neyman for taking so long to do the homework – the problems seemed to be a little harder to do than usual. I asked him if he still wanted the work. He told me to throw it on his desk. I did so reluctantly because his desk was covered with such a heap of papers that I feared my homework would be lost there forever.

About six weeks later, one Sunday morning about eight o’clock, Anne and I were awakened by someone banging on our front door. It was Neyman. He rushed in with papers in hand, all excited:

“I’ve just written an introduction to one of your papers. Read it so I can send it out right away for publication.”

For a minute I had no idea what he was talking about. To make a long story short, the problems on the blackboard which I had solved thinking they were homework were in fact two famous unsolved problems in statistics. That was the first inkling I had that there was anything special about them.

We are often limited. Did you know what an impact it has, if someone with authority (in your eyes), tells you: That’s impossible. No one did that ever.
Now you know even more about the origin of  sentences like:

The fool didn’t know it was impossible, so he did it.

And alike. That’s what really is meant by that sentence. He didn’t know that it was impossible. So he wasn’t limited by his thoughts.
There’s a similar story about athletes. Where no one believed that athletes could do a 100-meter sprint in less than 10 seconds.
And then someone did it. And then another one. And then myriads.
If one gets it, this might instantly change beliefs of other people, too.

Build it.
Sell it.
Earn the money.

And now let me ask you:

Do you still think

“Oh no, someone had exactly the same idea!”

Tell me.
I am curious to read what you think.

And if you don’t think that and still nothing happens, ask yourself:

Do you just tell yourself:

Yeah, I know that already?


Do I have to execute on it?

~ Holger

P.S.: I am just listening to some calm piano music.


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