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For a Genius Brain, Focus on How to Think, Instead of What to Think

Creative work takes time

It can take years to perfect a piece of art, or build something unique. 

Cultivate patience. And learn to enjoy the process. It’s part of the discovery.

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For a Genius Brain, Focus on How to Think, Instead of What to Think

For a Genius Brain, Focus on How to Think, Instead of What to Think

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Pamela Slim

Pamela Slim

“We are made to create. We feel useful when we create. We release our ‘stuckness’ when we create. We reinvent our lives, tell new stories, and rebuild communities when we create. We reclaim our esteem, our muse, and our hope when we create.”

Creativity is complex

It means producing something novel or original, evaluating, solving problems, whether on paper, on stage, in a laboratory or even in the shower.

Knowing how to think

Geniuses know “how” to think, instead of “what” to think.

People who are more creative can simultaneously engage brain networks that don’t typically work together.

Networks of the creative process

  • The default mode network involved in memory and mental simulation
  • The salience network which detects important information
  • The executive control network which plays key roles in creative thought

Stephen King

Stephen King

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”

Geniuses are self-learners

They are autodidacts and have an inner motivation to solve problems that fascinate them. They preferred figuring things out, rather than waiting to be taught.

They also choose their subjects, materials, rhythm and time.

Thomas Oppong

Thomas Oppong

"To truly create something amazing, or contribute to the world, you have to be able to connect countless dots and cross-pollinate existing ideas from a wealth of unrelated disciplines."

Think productively, not reproductive

We tend to reproduce what we are thought or what we learn when confronted with issues or things to solve.

In order to creatively solve a problem, you must leave aside the initial obvious approach that comes from past experience and re-conceptualize the problem.

Prof. Dean Simonton

Prof. Dean Simonton

“On average, creative geniuses aren’t qualitatively better in their fields than their peers, they simply produce a greater volume of work which gives them more variation and a higher chance of originality.”

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