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How To Cultivate A Creative Thinking Habit

Creative Thinking is a habit

Creative people are creative, not as a result of any particular inborn trait, rather, but rather through an attitude toward life. They habitually respond to problems in fresh and novel ways, rather than allowing themselves to respond mindlessly and automatically.

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How To Cultivate A Creative Thinking Habit

How To Cultivate A Creative Thinking Habit

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Creative Thinking is a habit

Creative people are creative, not as a result of any particular inborn trait, rather, but rather through an attitude toward life. They habitually respond to problems in fresh and novel ways, rather than allowing themselves to respond mindlessly and automatically.

3 basic factors

  • opportunities to engage in it, 
  • encouragement to go after such opportunities, 
  • and rewards for doing so.

Creativity is no different from any other habit, good or bad.

Creative people do this habitually

  • Look for ways to see problems that other people don’t.
  • Take risks that other people are afraid to take.
  • Have the courage to defy the crowd and to stand up for their own beliefs.
  • Seek to overcome obstacles and challenges to their views that other people give in to.

Investment Theory of Creativity

Creative people are ones who are willing and able to metaphorically buy low and sell high in the realm of ideas.
The creative individual persists in the face of this resistance, and eventually sells high, moving on to the next new, or unpopular, idea.

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