Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Barriers to Creativity #1: "The Right Answer"


Creativity, like common sense, is supposed to be common. Creativity is natural and spontaneous. Yet it is not exhibited as frequently as it should. Experts believe that there are several reasons for this. These reasons are called ‘Barriers to Creativity’. ‘Barriers’ are the thing that stop us from thinking creatively and the reason that make us not as creative as we should be.

Barrier #1: “The Right Answer.”
Much of our education is geared towards finding the right answer. While it may be true for certain subjects such as mathematics, in many other areas there is no one right answer. There is no such things as the most successful business man, the best fried chickens or the most effective form of exercise and diet. It depends on what the criterion is or what context we are talking about. Life for example is ambiguous. There are many right answers. It depends on what we want and what we look for. The problem with us is that we think there is only one right answer, and we stop looking as soon as we think we have found one. Hence the death of creativity.

Always look for second (or third) right answer.

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