The innovation tip that I found most striking in Exhibit A is Paul Polak's tip: "think like a child – children have no limit to their thinking." Even though I am only 18 -- still barely on the border between childhood and adulthood -- I have stopped thinking like a child already. I like to think pragmatically, scientifically. I have become more used to following a set schedule in my every day life, not breaking out of schedule for the sake of comfort. I have lost my inclination to explore.
Now, scientists have also corroborated about the power of thinking like a child. In a blog post, Jonah Lehrer explored how scientists actually could quantify the benefits of thinking like a child. This is a very interesting experiment: http://scienceblogs.com/cortex/2010/03/childish_creativity.php
The question is, now that I've identified a problem, how do I come about finding a solution? Should I spend five to ten minutes a day "thinking like a child?" Whenever I identify a problem, should I take a moment to think like a child? Well, this is a perfect opportunity... If I were a 7-year-old kid, how would I think help myself think more like a child?
My "7-year-old self" creative solutions:
- play with other children
- paper + crayons = perfect solution
- spend a moment every day to dance around to music
- spend a moment every day to just lie on the grass
Wow... this is helpful.