Know The Fundamental Skills of Creative Thinking
is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing
is to use it.”
of the most fundamental skills of creativity is the
ability to see an opportunity and seize it.
day, we are faced with countless opportunities to
develop our creative thinking skills. Such opportunities
present themselves while we are at home with the kids,
going to work, at the workplace, at board meetings,
out to lunch, or hanging out in the pubs with our
The problem we face is not so much a lack of activities
or events to stimulate our creative senses. There
is in fact no shortage of encounters for us to develop
our creativity. The real challenge is for us to recognize
these moments as opportunities for seizing and for
Many inventions were the result of
people who were willing to challenge assumptions that
existed during their time.
People tend to see only what they think to see. Every
time we look at something that is in our world, we
make our own assumptions about the reality before
us. We based our lives and decisions on those assumptions
we make. If we accept those assumptions as real and
concrete, we will live by them. However, the moment
someone chooses to challenge those same assumptions
as “unreal”, he or she may be on the road
to discovering something new and different.
Challenging assumptions is an important component
of creativity because it forces us to look beyond
what is already accepted or is obvious. It can lead
to the kind of perceptual breakthroughs we are looking
for in the problems before us.
our assumptions of things are so entrenched that it
never crosses our minds to challenge them. These assumptions
are apparently so established that we no longer question
their validity, even though time has passed and things
have changed. We are so used to them that we simply
accept them as they are.
many of our life‚s problems are tainted with
false assumptions and they prevent us from thinking
something new and different. They stifle our creativity
and the result is the more or less the same set of
tried solutions. No new and novel possibilities.
Taking risks is part and parcel of
being a creative thinker.
you’re not willing to take risks (and these
can include calculated risks) and experience failure,
then you cannot expect to be a great creative thinker.
No one truly succeeds without failing first. And no
one truly becomes a creative genius without having
to “risk his ideas.”
However, if you really want to experience major leaps
in your creativity, then you’ll have to learn
to take risks. You’ll fail but failure is good:
it accelerates the learning process by generating
new information and science has shown that our brain
literally rewires itself each time we make a mistake.
Our brain learns through a series of trials and errors.
At Problems From A New Perspective
No new ideas will evolve from old perspectives. To
create a new product, you must be able to visualize
that new product. But you cannot
do this if you keep looking at your problem from the
You got to look at your problems from a new perspective
in order to gain new insights. By changing your perspective
and shifting to a new one, you will be able to expand
your mental horizon and capture something you were
previously unable to see. Only by seeing something
new, will you be able to think up new ideas and create
ability to think ambiguously is a great boon to yielding
This same ability is being exhibited every time someone
indulges in wordplay
People who can think ambiguously are known to be fluid
and flexible thinkers. A tinge of ambiguous thinking
during the idea generation stage of the creative process
has the power to bring out a genius of an idea!
the main problem in our society is that people generally
prefer things that are clear and unambiguous. They
don’t like to associate themselves with things
that are vague and have more than one meaning. As
a result, we become rather rigid in the way we think,
preferring to be involved in only things that have
clear and specific parameters. The outcome: predictability.
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