is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is
knowing which ones to keep."
– Scott Adams
A "new" idea is often a combination of old
elements. Being able to devise new combinations depend on your ability to
discern relationships between seemingly disparate items.
"Creativity is the juxtaposition of ideas which
were previously thought to be unrelated.' It is your ability to combine
ideas in a unique way or to make useful associations among ideas.
"There is virtually no problem you cannot
solve, no goal you cannot achieve, no obstacle you cannot overcome if you
how to apply the creative powers of your mind
, like a laser beam, to
cut through every difficulty in your life and your work," says
An Important Pre-Condition
Although creative people come from varied
backgrounds, they all seem to have one thing in common – they
love what they are doing.
Practice Every Day
How often should you practice if you wish to
win the World Tennis Cup: once a month? once a week? every day?
How often should you exercise your
right brain's creative muscles if you wish to master your creative
skills: once a month? once a week? every day?
Take a Different View
and make a difference!
It was by taking a
view of a traditional business that
were achieved. To find a
to the current practice, force yourself to
reframe the problem, to
break down its components and assemble them in a different way...
Creativity requires an inquisitive mind. Unless
you ask lots of
"Why?" and "What If"? questions, you won't generate creative insights.
"To avoid this most common of creative errors, be sure to peek under all
carpets, including your own.
Don't take anything for granted. Especially
success. Try looking at the world through more inquisitive eyes; try
getting ideas in motion; try asking the all-important: "Why?"
See what happens!"7...