Creativity has often been analogized as “thinking outside of the box.”
Out-of-the-Box thinking implies a certain level of creativity or unconventional problem solving. “The box” is the mental construct made up of personal or environmental components that one operates within. Most often, the box is your safety net and your comfort zone. So thinking outside “the box” means doing something outside of the confines of the construct. It’s easy for things in the box to turn stale and stagnant, great things don’t happen inside your comfort zone or in a box. Fundamentally, the “box” is also the set of “rules” that you are abiding by at any moment in time, by breaking down those old rules, your mind is set free to create the new ideas that arising from identifying and challenging assumptions and then generating more possibilities.
Shape a new box of thinking: More precisely, “Out-of-the-Box” thinking is about continuing to break down the outdated old box, and shape the new box thinking to discover alternatives and solve complex problems with creativity and collaboration. “Out-of-the-Box” Thinking is really just shaping a bigger box, a new box with more room for thinking. In today’s competitive environment, what was outside of box yesterday may not be today. Our thinking has to continuously evolve, adapt, and prepare for changes. Look around, look above and look deeper. For real creativity, take a look outside your industry, far outside, if you have to, pull the whole team out of the box. That’s when the real ideas work. Keep creativity flowing. There are no such things as too much outside the box thinking, but it’s also important to shape the newer box to stay focused.
Original Thinkers: Original Thinkers are those who come up with conclusions and solutions for problems with their own unique brain processes. Nearly all thoughts come from some sort of internal or external stimulus. Thus, the seeds of original thinking could come from the unoriginal input, but it is the dot-connecting capability to synthesize the unoriginal input into a unique output that makes one an original thinker. It is not easy to recognize “original thinkers,” and it becomes more difficult as most modern people are too busy to even think and observe. Understanding how we think is the first stage of understanding our creative style - how we approach and solve problems and embrace opportunities. Originality is as valuable as authenticity. Be true to your own personality or character. Having the courage to use your own intelligence is, therefore the touchstone of enlightenment.
Creativity is about thinking beyond conventional wisdom: Creativity is a thinking process to create novel ideas. It is a specific way some human brains process information that results in unusual combinations of ideas, metaphors, applications, procedures, insights, and sometimes things. Creativity appears to require two styles of thinking: “associative,” and analytic: the first seems to be more perceptually based, related to the “aha” phenomenon, and can be below conscious awareness, the second is more cognitively based and entails a more working through of the products of the associative process. Creativity in the human sense is not due to connecting of two shallow pools of knowledge, but the ability to dig deeper, to make in-depth connections and build on those connections.
There are many other “flavors” of out-of-the-box thinking listed in chapter 1 of “Thinkingaire.” Human potential is limitless, and the best way to go on discovering what we are capable of doing is by following our intuition, insight, and imagination, while at the same time keeping our feet firmly on the ground. There is no limit to human potential.
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