Wednesday, April 19, 2006

 

Thinking What No One Else Is Thinking!

That's the goal, ever present in my mind. I call it "Original Thinking" and it is far too rare a species. But it needn't be that way. We can actually learn to think fluently and produce a larger quantity of ideas. I based my creativity book on that premise and I'm standing by it.

Sadly, we were never taught to connect the unconnected, more importantly the unconnectable, constantly look on the other side, or more importantly the other side of that, and certianly how to demonstrate and achieve novel, original ideas. My college logic class was the only one that came close. But even it was an excersise in viewing the world 'third force blind'.

We constantly look at our world in black and white, good or bad, up or down, and remain blind to black AND white, good AND bad, up AND down. Western logic is based on this myopia.

Thinking Fluently

A particular characteristic of genius is immense productivity.

Edison held 1,093 patents, still the record. He gauranteed productivity by giving himself and his assistants idea quotas. Can you imagine that? His own personal quota was one minor invention every ten days and a major one every six months.

Bach wrote a cantata every week, even when he was sick and exhausted. Mozart produced more than six hundred pieces of music. Einstein is best known for his paper on relativity, but he published 248 other, major papers.

Nature creates many possibiities and then lets natural selection decide which survive. Ninety-five percent (95%) don't. But, like genius, It never stops producing. Letting yourself achieve a 'failure rate' of 95% may sounds very generous, yet, with great production comes great failure. The Secret Creator Within knows all of this and waits to assist us in our stumbling, but prolific production, allowing for the breakthrough.



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