Are You Open Or Closed?
“We all operate in two contrasting modes, which might be called open and closed. The open mode is more relaxed, more receptive, more exploratory, more democratic, more playful and more humorous. The closed mode is the tighter, more rigid, more hierarchical, more tunnel-visioned. Most people, unfortunately spend most of their time in the closed mode. Not that the closed mode cannot be helpful. If you are leaping a ravine, the moment of takeoff is a bad time for considering alternative strategies. When you charge the enemy machine-gun post, don’t waste energy trying to see the funny side of it. Do it in the “closed” mode. But the moment the action is over, try to return to the “open” mode—to open your mind again to all the feedback from our action that enables us to tell whether the action has been successful, or whether further action is need to improve on what we have done. In other words, we must return to the open mode, because in that mode we are the most aware, most receptive, most creative, and therefore at our most intelligent.”
— John Clees
Challenge The Status Quo
“He who would be a man must therefore be a non-conformist.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried.”
— Frank Tyger
What are you taking for granted?
“Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.”
— George Kneller
Can you think differently?
“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”
— Albert von Szent-Gyorgy
Do you ask questions?
“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”
— Albert Einstein
Ideate a Lot!
“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”
— Dr. Linus Pauling
Developing The Creative Eye
“Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport.”
— Robert Wiede
Finding The Mystery
“We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
— T. S. Eliot
“The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things: ancient history, nineteenth-century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, flower arranging, and hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later or six months, or six years down the road. But he has faith that it will happen.”
— Carl Ally
Take Leaps of Imagination
Have you stretched your mind yet?
“No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.”
— Sir Isaac Newton
Make a fantasy!
Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.”
— Carl Jung
Can you see the twist?
“If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.”
Make, Break, Innovate
“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.”
“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”
— Theodore Levitt
Invent The Future
“Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking we can get on with creating the future.”
— James Bertrand
The Free Mind Space
There are No Rules!
M. A. Rosanoff: “Mr. Edison, please tell me what laboratory rules you want me to observe.”
Edison: “There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish somep’n!”
— Thomas Edison
There is always a better way!
“There’s a way to do it better—find it.”
— Thomas Edison
And two more!
“You don’t understand anything unless you understand there are at least 3 ways.”
— M. Minsky