I was in Kiama last Sunday for my son’s Judo competition, and we went for lunch afterwards. Then as
we were heading back to the car I popped my head into the bookshop with him…
Anyway, as we were looking around my son handed me this book about the different applications of maths – and as one of my good mates and mentors is a mathematician I thought I’d buy it and check it out.
Now the first chapter was fascinating.
It talked about a pack of 52 cards, and how even today if you shuffled those cards… it would be very likely you would shuffle them in such a way nobody else has shuffled them in history.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Just 52 cards.
It went on to give examples of how you could go around the earth so many times with each step being a shuffle. But it made my mind boggle…
If that’s the case, how many different ideas are there for new products and services?
I mean, I’m sitting in a café right now and can see a ladder with tree branches going though it. I can see scales. I can seea wooden duck.
Using these random things I could create new blog posts out of.
Scales: How to balance selling with quality content.
Duck: Unlike getting a duck in cricket, when you run a business… you can get out 100 times and still be a winner.
Ladder: The step-by-step approach to getting more clients, and climbing to the top of the ladder.
You get the picture.
There is never an excuse for a lack of ideas – if 52 cards can be mixed into millions of combinations, all you need is 52 idea triggers and the ideas should never, ever stop flowing.