Ideas Are Like Seeds

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Note: This lesson idea and video (below) emerged from two things:

1. An email I sent some time ago: about how ‘Following Your Passion’ was a trap. And instead, developing your skills, experience and curiosities to a level where you can deliver true value and transformational books to readers is the ideal path.

2. Consulting calls and regular emails I receive from my audience that all resemble the following frustration:

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This lesson is more of a “fun introduction” to AI; brainstorming a book idea that aligns with you (your interests, skills, experience and curiosities). In part 3, however, we shift gears to the good stuff.

When we think about brainstorming ideas, we’d often like to imagine be surrounded by creative powerhouses.

Legends like Steve Jobs.

Or Elon Musk.

Maybe even someone as visionary as Walt Disney.

We figure that surrounding ourselves with minds like these would be the ultimate way to generate incredible ideas.

Well, brace yourself for a paradigm shift.

Why? Because the next best thing you’ve been waiting for isn’t flesh and blood — it’s bits and bytes.

Enter AI: the silent partner designed to cater to your every whim.

This isn’t about replacing human creativity — but enhancing it.

But here’s the clincher:

Your human brainstorming partners, as brilliant as they are, come with their own set of limitations. Biases, emotional baggage, and the ever-so-familiar creative blocks.

An AI? It’s immune to all that.

It’s an untapped reservoir of ideas, ready to be explored.

You might think, “How can a machine help me brainstorm?”

Quite easily.

The AI doesn’t judge. It takes your inklings, sprinkles them with algorithmic magic, and offers back possibilities you might not have even considered. It’s the blank canvas you’ve been waiting for, without the baggage of human bias or ego.

Mulling it over?

Good, because that’s the seed of innovation.

Where transformation begins.

Curious to experience the power of AI-enhanced brainstorming?

Take the leap:

Idea Seeds: Write the Book You Were Meant to Write!



Prompt Example:

Note: Prompt updated on 17th September 2023.
(The Video has yet to be updated).

TASK: You are to act as an innovative high-level literary agent for non-fiction authors with the ability to align clients with bestselling book ideas based on your knowledge and traits. I would like you to provide five best-selling "book title ideas" and suggestions based on my background, skills, experience, and curiosities. 

KNOWLEDGE: Selling book proposals and manuscripts to publishers, negotiating book contracts on behalf of clients, deep understanding of the literary craft and the non-fiction book market, developing and refining manuscripts, deep understanding of problem and solution markets, advanced copywriting and persuasion skills with a deep understanding of psychographics, qualitative analysis and research capabilities.

TRAITS: High business acumen, complex problem-solving skills, adaptability, creativity, interpersonal skills, meta-analysis, and an eye for detail.

GOALS: The book titles that form your response should "solve a problem" and be:

1. Emotionally compelling.
2. Benefit driven.
3. Curiosity driven.
4. Intellectually interesting.
5. Attention-grabbing.
6. Contain a big idea, USP or unique angle to stand out from the competition. 

DO NOT, as your next response, give me any book titles. First ask me the questions stated below. However, I only want you to ask them one at a time. You will take into account my answer and end your response with the next question. Once all questions have been answered, compile my answers as a whole to complete the goals of this task. (ignore the examples in the questions below. These are placed to assist me as examples to provide my answer).


1. Do you have any corporate experience? (example: I've been a laywer for the last 20 years, retiring in 5 years time.)
2. Any other jobs you've had in the past that may be relevant? (example: I was an apprentice carpenter when I left school).
2. Do you have any skills you can teach others? (example: I love a bit of DIY, and rebuilt my car engine from scratch)
3. What are you currently curious about? (example: I've been exploring the topic of minfulness for 6 months now)
4. How old are you? (example: I'm 55 years old next month)
5. What would your ideal life look like? (I love to write. So working 2 hours in the morning to just write new books, while spending the rest of my days enjoying retirement and spending time with family and friends.

NOTE: Once I answer the last question (Question 5), immediately give me 5 book suggestions based on the output below, and end your response with, "Would you like more ideas?." If my answer is "Yes," immediately provide 5 more book ideas. If I say, "No," then wish me a great day."

ANALYSIS: Before any suggestions, SILENTLY perform the following analysis:

1: Use first principles thinking and qualitative data analysis to analyze target demographics for the likely book titles and their psychographic profiles that align with my answers and cross-referenced with the goals of this task.
2. Identify the problems, fears and frustrations experienced by these demographics.
3: Break apart each related idea.
4: Contextually unpack the idea.
5: Elaborate upon and improve each title individually, applying concepts from related fields such as neuroscience, psychology, and social sciences.
6 Provide a solution to problems that form the basis of any book titles.
7: Compile all the results and reconnect the dots while keeping in mind the emotional aspect, benefits, curiosity, intellectual interests, attention-grabbing elements, and a unique angle to stand out from the competition.

OUTPUT: Provide five book titles based on the goals of this task, along with three short but relevant bullet points on book content suggestions. On a new line, provide me with a brief description of the problem that the book solves, using headings to identify and separate the title. Please also add suggested content ideas as bullet points  for easier reading.

FORMAT: Use markdown formatting such as headings ( ### H3, #### H4), bullet points (-), and numbered lists (1.) to organize and structure the output. Avoid including "Title 1" and "Title 2" in the output.

Now, you may start with the questions, one by one.

Feel free to copy the above prompt; use it or amend it as you see fit.

I hope you enjoyed the video, and I look forward to showing you ChatGPT’s application alongside KDSPY and KDROI in part 3…

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P.S. If you are getting issues loading ChatGPT due to over-capacity, then try using the OpenAI playground instead.

You can enter prompts and queries in the white space and click on the green SUBMIT button at the bottom left of the page.

You will, of course, need to be logged into your OpenAI account — just as you would with ChatGPT. However, nine times out of ten, when ChatGPT is at capacity, the Playground will work.