Of course, this is not an original concept; this is how Leonardo da vinci thought about creativeness. He felt as though observation was the foundation of his creativeness. And if y ou study the life of da Vinci, you'll find that observation was key to many of his accomplishments. He looked at birds, observed, and wondered, "How do they fly?" He didn't know how they flew. But his wonderment led to some of the earliest thinking about the concept of manned flight.

I still don't know how birds fly, and I've observed birds a thousand times or more. But I've never observed them with a sense of wonder like da Vinci. Never observed and allowed myself to go to the place that I didn't know. Most of us observe and simply stop at what we know— "Oh, there are birds flying," as opposed to, "How do they do that?"

Da Vinci looked at fish and wondered, "How do they swim?" His wonderment there led to the thinking behind the development of the submarine.

Observe. Don't just take things at face value. Observe and wonder. "This is how it is. .. . How night it be done better?"

Sometimes we're shaken into action by a big problem when we realize that what we're doing doesn't work. But it's the great minds (or it's us when we're thinking at our best) who, when faced with a situation that does work, still wonder how it might work better. That happens from observation.

I don't know about you, but when I think of observation I think of my eyes observing. Well, if observation as a concept is ill understood, the listening aspect of observation is even less understood.

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