How to think like a Genius Nine approaches to creative problem solving

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1. Rethink! Look at problems in many different ways. Find new perspectives that no one else has taken. Solutions example: Finding a job or internship: a. Ask friends or colleagues for potential leads b. Over-sell yourself Send samples of your work or portfolio to anyone that might respond. c. Check local resources like Craigslist or your school's job search d. Broaden your target audience. What other fields could you specialize in? 2. Visualize! Utilize diagrams and imagery to analyze your dilemma. a. How can you use pictures, images, graphs, etc. in your studies? b. Visit guides on concept or mind maps, picturing vocabulary, flashcards, etc. c. Write out one example of how you can use imagery, then print and post it in your study area. 3. Produce! Genius is productive. a. Perhaps originality is not the key, but rather constant application of thought and tools to arrive a solutions. b. Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do. W. H. Auden (1907–1973) Anglo-American poet c. Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience. George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon (1707–1788) French naturalist 4. Combine! Make novel combinations... Combine and recombine ideas, images, and thoughts into different combinations no matter how incongruent or unusual. 5. Form! Form relationships. Make connections between dissimilar subjects. a. This doesn't always apply to objects: form relationships with people and ask them questions! b. Get to know people in your field that can help you excel to the best of your ability. c. Write down one person that you could get in contact with, why you think this person can help, and print/post it for reference! 6. Opposite! Think in opposites. Don't always stick with the obvious solutions. Get outside of your comfort zone.

Dry like a raisin in the sun. Michael.html. Failure! Learning from your mistakes is one example of using failure. 1998). Metaphors are connections that are unusual or not an ordinary way of thinking: A sea of troubles. (June 15. . Brad Hokanson. College of Design. May 1998. MN. 1999) This article first appeared in THE FUTURIST. “successful” situations. student.newhorizons. faculty. University of Minnesota. Example: “right” and “left” are both directions. As strange as it seems the human brain is failure machine: it generates models of reality. b. and setbacks… mistakes create unique conditions of highvelocity learning that cannot be matched by more stable. The Sesame Street Muppet Elmo teaches small children the concept of opposites! 7.a.” 9. ThinkPak (A Brainstorming Card Set). successful models based on failures. Thinking Like a Genius: Eight strategies used by the super creative. the heart of a lion. raining cats and dogs. and Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Geniuses (Ten Speed Press. Michael Michalko is the author of Thinkertoys (A Handbook of Business Creativity). The task was as easy as ABC. 8. From Daniel Coyle’s the Talent Code on Adam Bryant’s weekly interview: “every single CEO shares the same nugget of wisdom: the crucial importance of mistakes. but which is the right choice? b. “Opposites” bring two approaches to a situation but they do share a basic similarity.org/wwart_michalko1. Metaphor/simile! Think metaphorically. Flash exercise by Karl Noelle. Patience! Don't confuse inspiration with ideas. from Aristotle and Leonardo to Einstein and Edison (New Horizons for Learning) as seen at http://www. College of Design. and adjusts or creates new. Similes use "like" or "as" to illustrate The boy was as agile as a monkey. acts on them. failures. with edits/revisions by Joe Landsberger. Apply your ideas with patience for the reward they may deserve. Thinking and recall series Concentrating | Radical thinking | Thinking aloud/private speech | Thinking critically | Thinking critically | Thinking creatively | Mapping explanation | Make your own map I | Make your own map II | Thinking like a genius: Creative solutions | Famous thinkers | Selected thoughts Adapted with permission from: Michalko. a. a. St. The miner's face was like coal. b. Paul.