In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity

Slide4This statement could be a book by itself. Einstein was pointing out that real opportunity is the result of great difficulty. The opportunity will require you to wade through the doubts and challenges that dissuade the weaker minds.

 

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10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People

1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest.

2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.

3. Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.

4.Creative people alternate between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality.

5. Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted.

6. Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.

7. Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.

8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.

9.Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.

10. Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment.

Read the rest of this article by Faisal Hoque published on Fast Company.

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First Rule of Creative Thinking

Creative Thinking

Creative Thinking

The first rule of creative thinking and creative problem solving is to “Forget what you know” because you don’t really know anything. You only think you know.  What you think is determined by what you believe. What you believe is determined by how you feel.

That suggests that your perception of reality is determined by your emotions.

If you want to be more creative then become more aware of what you think you know and put it aside – to allow yourself to be more creative.

Consider that there was a time when “everyone knew” that the world was flat. The fear was that ships that sailed too far would fall off the edge of the Earth.

There was a time when “everyone knew” that the Earth was the center of the universe. The sun, moon and stars all revolved around the Earth.

What you think you know might be restricting your creative thinking. If you want to be more creative – forget what you think you know.

 

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2001 A Space Odyssey – closing video

Science fiction is a good place to find creative thinking. One of the peaks of creative fiction is “2011: A Space Odyssey”. Auther C. Clark as author and Stanley Kubrik as movie producer both shine in this 1968 production. I remembered being blown away by the big screen and stereo effects of this movie. The story intrigued and confused me for years.

 

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Think Outside the Box to Solve Nine Dots Puzzle

This is an puzzle that creates many “ah- ha’s”

The challenge was to join the dots with four straight lines. But the next stage is to solve the puzzle with only three straight lines?

Can you do that?

Or can you solve the puzzle with only 1 straight line?

 

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Assemble Your Creative Thinking Team within You

You have a problem to address. You are looking for creative ideas. Who would you ask? Why not ask yourself while you play different roles?  Put yourself into these various personas. Pose the question or challenge then ask each of the following how to deal with it. Write the first thing that comes to your mind and move on to the next role. If you hit a blank, just move on. The idea is to keep moving and stimulating your mind with different perspectives.

 

Doctor

Police officer

Band leader

Pizza maker

Undertaker

Plumber

Taxi driver

Lumber jack

Ballet dancer

High school principal

Priest

Gambler

Mountain climber

Dairy Farmer

Assassin

Truck driver

Tax Accountant

Mafioso

Bar tender

Violin player

Brick layer

Butcher

Car salesman

Bank robber

Body builder

Marathonrunner

House painter

Landscaper

Spoiled brat

Mother Teresa

Fisherman

Wheel chair athlete

Coal Miner

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Ask Better Questions for Creative Problem Solving

Creative Problem Solving: Ask better questions and listen. Ask the “reporters’ questions” to gather facts. Ask why to define the problem.

Creative Problem Solving tips from George Torok.

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Creative Thinking, Creativity & Creative Problem Solving?

What’s the difference between creative thinking, creativity and creative problem solving? Video with George Torok.

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How to View Rules – video

Creative Problem Solving requires you to understand the reason for rules and how to challenge them.

 

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Creative Problem Solving defined

Creative Problem Solving defined on Wikipedia

This definition of Creative Problem Solving appears accurate if platonic.

Creative problem solving is the mental process of creating a solution to a problem. It is a special form of problem solving in which the solution is independently created rather than learned with assistance. Creative problem solving requires more than just knowledge and thinking.

Creative problem solving always involves creativity. However, creativity often does not involve creative problem solving, especially in fields such as music, poetry, and art. Creativity requires newness or novelty as a characteristic of what is created, but creativity does not necessarily imply that what is created has value or is appreciated by other people.

To qualify as creative problem solving the solution must either have value, clearly solve the stated problem, or be appreciated by someone for whom the situation improves.[1]

The situation prior to the solution does not need to be labeled as a problem. Alternate labels include a challenge, an opportunity, an improvable situation, or a situation in which there is room for improvement.[2]

Solving school-assigned homework problems does not usually involve creative problem solving because such problems typically have well-known solutions.[3]

If a created solution becomes widely used, the solution becomes an innovation and the word innovation also refers to the process of creating that innovation. A widespread and long-lived innovation typically becomes a new tradition. “All innovations [begin] as creative solutions, but not all creative solutions become innovations.”[4] Some innovations also qualify as inventions.[5]

Inventing is a special kind of creative problem solving in which the created solution qualifies as an invention because it is a useful new object, substance, process, software, or other kind of marketable entity.

George Torok

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