Creative Thinking- 5 Key Skills
Many people agree that we were not taught to think creatively in school. They say we only learned how to memorize facts and figures and then regurgitate them on tests. We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. “With our thoughts we make the world.” Gautama Buddha.
1.0 Curiosity. Creative folks want to know about things- all kinds of things-just to know about them. Ask, “Why do you wish to know that?” They are more than likely to respond, “Because I really don’t know the answer.” Creative individuals want to know why. They want to know the reasons behind decisions, difficulties, solutions, events, facts, and so on? Why this way and not that? And why not attempt this or that? Creative thinking asks questions and is actually beneficial, not destructive and a reflection of skepticism or negativity. It frequently appears threatening mainly because too often there’s no really good reason behind a lot of the issues which are taken for granted–there is no “why” behind the status quo. So, ask questions of everybody. Ask exactly the same question of several people just to be able to compare the answers. Look into areas of knowledge you have never ever regarded as worthwhile… 2.0 Challenge. Curious men and women like to challenge the assumptions behind concepts,
beliefs, proposals, complications, and statements. Many assumptions, often based on traditional thinking, turn out to be really essential and solid, but many others have been assumed unnecessarily, and a brand new notion often emerges when we the breaking away from those assumptions. Not all creativity leads to the kind of innovations that can send man to the moon. And that’s okay – we need more small, but brilliant ideas. Because the discovery of small innovations is how most people have grown their companies. Things like how to present your service in a new and exciting way. Creative thinking leads to creative business solutions, which lead to business growth. Whether you’re trying to solve a tough problem, start a business, get attention for that business or write an interesting article, creative thinking is crucial. The process boils down to changing your perspective and seeing things differently than you currently do. You’re tearing away the often-arbitrary rules that others have set for you, and asking either “why” or “why not” whenever confronted with the way “everyone” does things. For example when we think of a college, we traditionally imagine a physical campus with classrooms, a library, and some pretty gardens. But why should college be a location (with congregated students and faculty)? , Now the electronic college exists, and students “go” to college at home, on the internet. 3.0 Constructive discontent. I am not referring here to the dissident, whining, griping type of discontent, but the capacity to see need for improvement and to propose approaches to produce that improvement. “Hey, I know a technique to make that much better.” Remember those who are pleased with every thing the way it really is, will not wish to alter anything. Only if you come to be discontent with some thing, whenever you see a difficulty, will you wish to solve the dilemma and improve the situation. One of the hallmarks of the constructively discontented individual is that of a problem seeking outlook. The more complications they come across, the more solutions and consequently improvements they are able to make. Even previously solved issues can generally be solved in the future, in a far better way. A constructively discontent individual may well feel, “This is an great answer, but I wonder if there is not an additional remedy that works even far better (or costs much less, and so on).” 4.0 A belief that most difficulties might be solved. The creative thinker believes that some thing can normally be accomplished to remove or alleviate virtually every difficulty. Where there is time and energy, few things are impossible. Lots of issues initially appear utterly impossible and scare off the faint hearted so that the belief in the solvability of problems is especially valuable in attacking any dilemma . Those that take on the challenge with confidence will normally be the ones most likely to solve the problem. Thomas Edison, in his search for the perfect filament for the incandescent lamp, tried anything
he could think of, including whiskers from a friend’s beard. In all, he tried about 1800 things. Soon after about 1000 attempts, a person asked him if he was frustrated at his lack of good results. He stated some thing like, “I’ve gained a great deal of knowledge–I now know a thousand things that will not work.” 5.0 The capacity to suspend judgment and criticism. Lots of new suggestions, since they’re new and unfamiliar, appear strange, odd, even bizarre. Only later do they turn out to be “obviously” fantastic. Therefore, it is actually vital to steer clear of condemning them using the typical kinds of negative responses like, “That will never ever work; that is no good; what an idiotic notion; that is impossible,” and so forth. Hospital sterilization and antiseptic procedures, television, radio, and stainless steel all met with ho-hums as well as hostile rejection prior to their persevering inventors finally sold somebody on the idea. Some of our everyday tools that we now enjoy and use every day, had been opposed when they were originally presented. Computers? There is no marketplace for more than a couple, so why develop them? Erasers on pencils? That would only encourage carelessness.”If God had wanted me to fly he would have given me wingss.” Nowadays our society is ruthlessly practical and conformist. Even the wild fashions, are narrowly defined, and to deviate from them is considered wrong or ridiculous. Some peoples’ herd instinct is so powerful that they make sheep appear like radical individualists. Pretty much every single renowned contributor towards the betterment of civilization was ridiculed and in some cases even jailed. Consider Galileo. “Progress is produced only by those that are willing to endure getting laughed at.” Solutions are frequently new concepts, and new concepts, being strange, are commonly greeted with laughter, contempt, or worse. That is just a reality of life, so make up your mind not to let it bother you. Ridicule ought to be viewed as a badge of genuine innovative thinking. Proverb: “A crank is a genius whose idea hasn’t yet caught on.” Problems are interesting and emotionally acceptable. Many people don’t even want to admit that a problem exists–with their car, their spouse, their child, their job, the house, whatever. As a result, often the problem persists and drives them crazy or rises to a crisis and drives them crazy. We’re all limitlessly creative, but only to the extent that we realize that we create our own limits with the way we think. If you tell yourself you’re not creative, it becomes true. Stop that.
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Published on Jul 20, 2012
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. “With our thoughts we make the world.” Gautama Buddha. Creative individuals...