Think Like A Genius


So many people say, “Oh, I’m not really the creative type.” But I don’t believe that for a second. What separates human beings from every other creature on earth is our ability to think, create and solve problems. When you think you are not creative, it can quickly become a self-fulfilling prophecy. That’s a real shame.

Even if you are not a genius, you can certainly think like a genius. It is clear that “great thinkers” develop their genius with deliberate practice. They think about HOW they think. I found some deceptively simple ways to think more creatively that I have found to be very effective. For example:

  • Create five uncommon uses for one common object. According to Albert Einstein, imagination is more important than knowledge. Children have many different uses for one object; they may use a single stick as a train one day or a spaceship the next day or so on. And their imaginations don’t limit them to see it only as a stick.
  • Try breaking out of your routine. Try a different route to work at least once a week. Compare the routes. Geniuses challenge themselves to look at life from many perspectives and experiences. New ways of doing things can lead to new insight and new ideas.
  • Think like a novice. In other words, suspend what you know in order to discover what you don’t know. For example, you pretty much know the things in the room that are around you. Take a moment, close your eyes and try to recall some of the objects around you. Now open up your eyes and see what you’ve missed. The more you do this, the more you increase your powers of observation. The point of the exercise is to heighten your awareness of the things around you.
  • Perhaps my favorite way of thinking like a genius is to come up with at least three answers to a problem or question. Typically when we are trying to figure something out, we go with our first “right” answer. But if you put that aside and think of another answer and perhaps another, you start to come up with some pretty interesting solutions.

Do you have a favorite way to approach or solve problems? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Hi Mike, Please keep the podcast’s coming. I love your “something you should know” series. I wish you great success on this new website. I signed up the minute I heard you advertising on the radio. I have been a long time listener of your radio spots.

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