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I think constraints are key to innovation, and so I think the very first secret is the most interesting and important to me. Constraints are what force us to think outside our normal routines, and working within unfamiliar parameters makes us do unfamiliar things. In my own experience, my best ideas often come as a result of doing unfamiliar things, whether they be in creative ventures, travel, or solving problems. So if I'm working in a constrained environment, I won't despise the constraints. I will embrace them. I will work with them, and try to see them not as obstacles to success, but rather as building blocks of innovation.

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Comment by Gene Becker on March 1, 2010 at 8:52pm
Absolutely agree with you Kiyash, constraints are integral to the creative process. More than simply embracing constraints, I'll bet you actively seek them out, knowing that you will find things more interesting, stimulating, challenging. Damn the comfort zone, full speed ahead, am I right?
Comment by Rendani Mulaudzi on March 1, 2010 at 9:18pm
Constraints are key to creativity - abundance in my experience seems to breed complacency - definitely agree with you.
Comment by Mita Williams on March 2, 2010 at 5:57pm
I think its wonderful that not only do you recognize the merits of constraint but you have gone the extra step forward and embraced constraint!
Comment by Justin Yang on March 4, 2010 at 8:44am
Great idea! Some might be put off by constraints but you take what might be seen as a weakness and turn it into a strength.
Comment by Joseph Jones on March 4, 2010 at 6:47pm
I agree Kiyash. It is instinct to improvise, adapt and overcome obstacles. That is exactly why contstraint will inevidably lead to innovation.
Comment by Leigh Hermon on March 8, 2010 at 7:57am
One of the things I battle with is constraints; however, they do lead to some of the most innovative ideas. They can be a good source of inspiration. Not to mention you learn to work with less.
Comment by Paul Holze on March 13, 2010 at 2:49pm
"In my own experience, my best ideas often come as a result of doing unfamiliar things, whether they be in creative ventures, travel, or solving problems."

Love it!
Comment by Jessica Gomes on March 29, 2010 at 9:04am
Nicely said Kiyash. +1 for vision

one simple question:
while "embracing" constraints as you've said, will you care if you have to violate someone else's view on ethics even if you are genuinely convinced that "innovating your way through obstacles" is far more important in the context of doing good?
Comment by Michele Baron on April 19, 2010 at 12:33pm
valid points, interesting dateline thank you for post


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