My name is Ryan Lee and I’m a serial entrepreneur.
I can’t help myself. I LOVE creating new business and companies that help people.
You might wonder how I keep coming up with new ideas while still delivering fresh content.
Here’s one of my secrets… you need to find your “creative space”.
The most difficult thing to do is sit in front of your computer, at the same desk, in the same room every day and expect to come up with fresh ideas. I find the same environment, day in and day out, get’s stale. So here’s where I go to unleash my creativity…
My 2nd Office – the Local Bookstore
Within 10 miles of my house are 2 Barnes and Nobles and 2 Borders Bookstores. I like to rotate each of these throughout the week. Lately, I spend the mornings in a different one – and after lunch, I go back to my office for interviews, road maps, etc.
Yesterday was Borders in Wilton, this morning I’m at Barnes and Noble in Stamford.
I always grab a few books and magazines, buy a drink, connect with free wifi and I’m off to the races. I find the bookstore to be a great place to unlock my creativity. Maybe it’s all the books and smell of fresh-brewed coffee, but I am most creative when I’m at a bookstore.
Here are a few tips when working from a bookstore…
1. Join the Club. If they have a “membership”, it’s worth joining. I’m a paid member to Barnes and Noble and get 10% off everything (including food/drinks). And Borders has a free membership which gives special coupons and discounts.
2. Bring Headphones. Sometimes, you’ll have a noisy kid or a person speaking obnoxiously loud on their cell phone. I like to bring headphones, crank up some classical music through iTunes (free radio) and I’m distraction free.
3. Have an Agenda. Make sure to create your “to do” list the night before so you can hit the ground running. And don’t forget to give yourself time for “creative” projects.
4. Get there Early. If possible, get there when the store opens. You’ll have first shot at sitting at a table near an outlet. A big must if you have a laptop and plan on staying for a few hours (otherwise, just give a psychotic stare at a stranger sitting at the prime seat until they eventually move :)
I hope you enjoyed this peak inside the life of a serial entrepreneur.
What are your favorite creative spaces or tips to share?