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This non-fiction business and self-help creativity guide encourages innovation in aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders. Have you ever looked at a product and thought, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ or, ‘I’m just not a creative person!’ Improve problem-solving skills and increase the effectiveness of knowledge management in your organization to come up with the next game-changing idea to hit the market!
In this book you will:
• Learn how others innovate by examining the world around them
• Practice asking questions, and see how to recognize details in observations
• Complete creative exercises to get into the right mindset
• Understand the importance of sharing ideas, and assess their feasibility
Fueling You to Find: Your Next Big Idea
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"Your Next Big idea ignites the imagination with a kaleidoscope of ideas and exercises. Even if you have no intention of pursuing "the next big idea," this book is sure to give you an exciting and fresh perspective of the world around you." - BlueInk Reviews
"[Samuel Sanders] sets lofty goals, promising "By the end of the book, you'll be equipped with the skills to come up with 100 meaningful ideas a week that you can apply to your career or personal life." But readers will be pleased to find that the advice is down-to-earth, easy to implement, and applicable to just about every area, business or personal, anyone may be working to enhance." - Booklife by Publishers Weekly Reviews
"This book is a breath of fresh air in letting people let their creative minds run wild... I would recommend this book to people of all ages who want to feel that spark of an idea again." - Manhattan Book Review
“Practical, insightful, thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, [Your Next Big Idea] is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Business Management collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of MBA students, academia, entrepreneurs, corporate administrators, business managers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject” - Midwest Book Review
"If I still taught, this book would definitely be integrated into classwork!... Highly recommended for creatives, and those who want to cultivate creativity, alike!" - Portland Book Review
"[Your Next Big Idea] was one of the best practical books that I have read. I would highly recommend this to anyone..." - San Francisco Book Review
"Inspiring and fun – especially when compared to the sometimes-staid books on the same topic. The exercises are effective for a wide range of issues, acting as a kind of team-building exercise on a personal level. As many books bombard the reader with ideas, without a real sense of implementation, Your Next Big Idea stands out in the field. Though his book is primarily designed for those in business and marketing, it can be useful to anyone seeking a more hands-on approach to self-improvement." - Self-Publishing Review
"You will uncover talents and ideas that you did not know you had.” - Online Book Club
“Once the reader does the exercises in [Your Next Big Idea], they will be able to master the skills of innovation, problem-solving and creativity.” - IndieReader Review
"The inspiring self-help guide Your Next Big Idea forwards advice and creative exercises that encourage the development of different ways of thinking." - Foreword Clarion Reviews
“A practical guide to learning how to consistently generate ideas that will help you live a more creative and fulfilling life…If you're looking for help with coming up with fresh ideas for just about anything, this book will be quite useful." - Reedsy Discovery
"A step-by-step guide to mastering the basic skills of creativity." - Kirkus Reviews
"[A] guide that’s a quick read, but don’t let that fool you. It’s also a roadmap for the long route to mastery, both in business and in life." - Booktrib
“Samuel Sanders has produced a pioneering tool that will challenge your thinking and put you on the best-foot-forward to creating that new business... I personally got so inspired that I could not put this book down and began thinking of my own new ideas.” - Chick Lit Café
“Whether you’re interested in developing your business, enhancing your artistic inventiveness, improving your communication skills, or some other important endeavor, reading Your Next Big Idea is a great way to get your creative juice flowing” - Seattle Book Review
"Your Next Big Idea by Samuel Sanders is a remarkable blueprint to creative thinking and practical action. This is an extremely comprehensive ‘step-by-step’ to a thoroughly friendly motivational guide, which can catapult you from standstill to racing in the world of business.” - Artisan Book Review
About the author
So, what makes me someone to learn about the creation of ideas from?
Throughout my career, I have seen how the idea process works in all different sized companies.
I have started multiple startups both as part of a team and by myself. One of the companies I was a co-founder of was Wundershirt, which at its peak sold athletic training clothing to Olympic athletes prepping for the 2016 Olympics. During the startup growth process, I have been part of multiple incubators and have watched and observed how many startups came to be.
I also have worked for a company that was part of the INC 5000 fastest growing companies. Here I was selected to be a part of the R&D team to help work towards developing new products. Working at a fast-growing company you can see how the ideas come to be and problems are handled by members of a successful small business team.
Finally, I have worked on business development for a company part of Fortune’s Future 50 list and Fortune’s Fortune 500 list.
In my career, I have been watching and creating ideas for all levels of business from the startup phase, to the high-growth phase, and even for large companies.
This has allowed me to have a unique perspective on the idea process and allowed me to look at the whole idea of creativity, problem-solving, ideation and innovativeness from an angle that most people have not seen.
While most of the time I am at work when I am not working though you probably can find me at an amusement park, playing board games or drinking coffee from a local coffee shop. If you have any shared interests or questions on my writing please reach out to me firstname.lastname@example.org.
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