The brain has an amazing way of connecting dots and ensuring we make the best use of all the knowledge we have.
When you are out of ideas, expand your range of knowledge by speaking with others and reading extensively on other topics.
This way, you give your brain more dots to connect and are more likely to come up with an idea.
Just because you are in a particular field, it does not mean you must source all your ideas from it. You could be an artist or banker both looking for ideas in the engineering industry.
By diversifying the places you take ideas from you are more likely to come up with unique solutions as your brain connects the dots.
When you only look at a problem from one perspective you can only find a limited number of solutions. That is because your perspective is limiting you to seeing the situation in one way.
By using the six thinking hats technique you can create six different perspectives to see the problem. For example:
3. Where things went wrong
6. New ideas
Look at the same problem through these different lenses and you will have better ideas.
Sometimes, it is easier to work backwards than forwards. So, start with picking an idea that you think is bad and then work on how you would improve it.
You will start thinking of possible ways to improve your original idea, and this will lead to improved creativity.
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