Learning to Think What No One Else Thinks

Does thinking what no one else thinks mean you must be 100% original? Not in our minds. Do you ever wonder what makes those wacky, creative types tick?

How is it that some people seem to come up with all kinds of interesting, original work while the rest of us trudge along in our daily routines?

Don’t believe you are creative? Creativity is often defined as the ability to connect ideas that are seemingly unconnectable. Connecting ideas are how new ideas originate … it is the basis for creativity.

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Contrary to what most people believe, creativity is not limited to the gifted ones of the population. It can be taught, nurtured, and enhanced.

Let’s examine these interesting questions.

Creative people are different because they operate a little differently. They:

Build on others

Innovation stands on a platform that already exists. Yes inspiration is involved, those flashes of insight, the ah…ha moments. Yet you start with something that already exists and takes it to another level. So relax. Let go of thinking you have to do something original. Take the pressure off. Celebrate that there is all this help available.

Question everything

There comes a moment in time where everyone agrees with everybody about pretty much everything. For any sized organization that is focused on creating a culture of relentless innovation, hardened dogma is an innovation obstacle they must overcome.

And that starts best with questioning everything, assumptions included.

Pay attention to patterns

Observe with all senses

Incubate ideas

Continuous learning

Defer judgment

Widen your experiences

Reset problem definition

Look for what is not easily seen

Be curious

Take challenges and risks

Anything new requires a bit of change, and most of us don’t care for change that much.

Immerse yourself

Be able to overlook rules

Ask “what if…”

Push the boundaries of mistakes


Try new paths

Experiment often

Mike Schoultz is a digital marketing and customer service expert. With 48 years of business experience, he consults on and writes about topics to help improve the performance of small business. You can find him and his writing on G+, Facebook, Twitter, Digital Spark Marketing, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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