Foreign Genius Is Best

Most people tend to go to high-achieving people in their own industry for inspiration or collaboration. Although that might be better than staying in your own mind, one of the problems here is that most people within your industry are emulating or being inspired by those same high-achieving but like-minded people. This doesn't necessarily add an advantage, and in many ways it allows you to stay too entrenched in your own galaxy of thought.

How do we get in the habit of collaborating with genius? My laboratory for the past 10 years has been the workshops that I run, and here's how we experiment with this tool under those conditions: I give the group a problem to solve using the mind of a high achiever. First you pick a high-achieving individual and write down 5 to 10 things that you know about that person. Here's how it works:

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