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Be willing to accept the inherent risk in not following what seemed to be the obvious route. Such risk tolerance is another important part of challenging what you think you know and cul...
Create vision boards–collages of words and images–related to business challenges or goals. Do mind-mapping or doodling exercises.
You will begin making remote associations. ...
When you’re facing down something unexpected, you’re taken out of your everyday experience and all of the preconceived notions that go with it.
Do something new every day to capture the sa...
When you’re focused on external stimuli, you’re giving your mind some “breathing room” to come up with creative solutions.
By focusing on something you find beautiful, you’ve taken the...
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Our expectations of how creativity should look like block us. Creative inspiration is all around us, but we don’t see it because we've grown up being taught to look for it in specific p...
All great achievements involve some measure of collaboration.
Some geniuses were obvious partners - like Orville and Wilbur Wright, or Marie and Pierre Curie, or John ...
We are just not so aware of it, because much of the creative exchange happens quietly to the side, and does not become part of our modern history.
There is the case of Emily Dickinson. But looking closer, it becomes clear that she was immensely interested in people and wrote hundreds of poems for particular people, and sending them to them.
The big idea is that genius partnerships are stories of dialogue. As Warren Buffett said about Charlie Munger: "Charlie does the talking, I just move my lips."
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You need a lot of good ideas to make a business work. Follow up on your first idea and keep tackling new problems for as long as it takes.
If you can't find a creative solution to a big problem, start by working on smaller problems so you can work your way up to the bigger problem.
Sometimes a lack of inspiration can come from working on too many projects.
Cut out extraneous tasks and focus on solving one problem at a time.
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