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  • Imagine you are hungry and all you have at home

  • is a coconut, some rice and an egg.

  • If you no clue and zero creative thoughts

  • you'd probably eat the raw egg with unboiled

  • hard rice while staring at the coconut.

  • If however, you have memories of your dad

  • cracking the coconut, and your mom boiling the rice,

  • your brain can connect the dots and form a new creative idea.

  • You boil the rice inside coconut water,

  • then fry it with the egg and add coconut flakes.

  • Voila!

  • Enjoy the your meal!"

  • Creativity is our ability to look at a problem

  • and come up with a good solution to solve it.

  • Once we understand this, we realize

  • that it has nothing to do with the subject matter,

  • job or what we study.

  • There are creative inventors and creative artists,

  • but there are also very creative

  • cleaners and highly creative teachers.

  • People we worship for their creativity,

  • often just connect different ideas in a beautiful new way

  • and make them commercially successful.

  • While all of us are creative,

  • we differ in the way that we are and to which extend.

  • Michael Kirton came up with the Adaption-Innovation Theory.

  • He believes that when we solve problems

  • we are either more adaptive or more innovative.

  • People who are more adaptive-creative, try to do things better.

  • People who are more innovative-creative, try to do things differently.

  • To solve a specific problem,

  • say that of smelly cat litter,

  • both types would use a different approach.

  • More adaptive types look for a solution inside the box.

  • They might try to create better cat litter

  • by looking it's chemical properties,

  • then increase the size of the sand particles

  • and finally add some refreshing tropical scent.

  • More innovative creatives, think outside the litter box.

  • They come up with cat diapers,

  • cat schools for good manners or a robocat.

  • But there are also other differences.

  • Psychologist J.P. Guilford and some others argue that there is divergent and convergent thinking.

  • More divergent thinkers are better at coming up

  • with many ideas when they see a problem.

  • Convergent thinkers see all the details

  • and are better at narrowing down the options.

  • A diverse team is hence usually most effective

  • when trying to solve problems.

  • A divergent thinker can list many ideas.

  • After a convergent thinker can then look at each

  • option in detail and then pick the best one.

  • The result is better than if anyone would do it by themselves.

  • A murder mystery experiment

  • involving two groups of students

  • shows how creative diversity works.

  • Group A was full of students from the same background.

  • Group B were also all similar but joined by one single stranger.

  • The students from group A enjoyed the process

  • and felt like they worked together every well.

  • The students in group B didn't like having a stranger in their team,

  • but they solved the mystery twice as fast

  • and won the race.

  • The researchers concluded

  • that the stranger added a new perspective,

  • making the group think harder,

  • and making them more careful of drawing fast conclusions

  • or falling into group think.

  • The result was a more intelligent problem-solving process.

  • If we want to become more creative,

  • we first have to build a collection of knowledge and memories,

  • ideally by seeking new experiences.

  • Only then we can increase the dots in our

  • brain that we can connect.

  • Clayton Christensen from Harvard Business School,

  • recommends that parents should fix things at home

  • all by themselves.

  • Their children then learn that problems can be solved

  • by ourselves and in many different ways.

  • Jack Matson, professor of creativity at Penn State University,

  • recommends to dress for failure.

  • This gives us a new perspective

  • and the ability to play new roles.

  • Marc Schwyn, founder of MinuteVideos

  • suggests practising saying yes!

  • Because whenever we say yes,

  • we open the door to a new experiences.

  • Can you help me?

  • Want to try my ice-cream?

  • Can i talk to you?

  • Yes! Yes! Yes!

  • We recommend you to do one thing you have never done before

  • every day for at least one week, maybe a month.

  • Call your weird aunt,

  • talk to a stranger,

  • eat using your left hand,

  • or take a really really cold shower.

  • Every evening write down what you did

  • and what you've learned from it.

  • Start with the first new thing right now

  • and share your experience in the comments below right after.

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    Summer posted on 2020/06/08
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