You Can Lobotomize

When you can't find a solution to a problem, a real problem, because no solution exists, then you have no choice but to be creative.

Suppose you have seen the problem a hundred times before. Does that mean you can't be creative? Certainly not.

You can choose to not know the answer you already have and to wonder what a better answer might be. The most highly realized creative people do this every day. They choose to wonder. But for us mere mortals, it's very hard to not know what we know. For many of us it's virtually impossible.

And that's where the Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy comes in.

The Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy thinking tools that comprise the next section of this book are very valuable for helping us think creatively whether or not we know the answer to our current problem. Although these tools can and do help you find fresh answers to real problems — creating truly new situations when you cannot find a solution in the known —they are particularly valuable when you know an answer but are looking for a better one.

All of the tools that I have developed over the years —100 MPH Thinking, Intergalactic Thinking, 180° Thinking, and others — are designed to help you quickly and effortlessly let go of what you know (i.e., lobotomize yourself) to put you in that state of wonder where wonderful things happen.

All of these tools are ways of turning your so-called problems, those for which you usually find tried-and-true solutions, into real problems, the kind that cause you to stretch your imagination. These are the types of problems that help us to be as good as we can be, problems that lead to real accomplishment.

Cheat Notes for Chapter 2: Creativity = Problem Solving

It's virtually impossible to be creative without a problem.

You are at your best creatively when you are solving problems, because problems cause you to stretch, to find out how good you really are.

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If you can't find a solution, if the solution does not already exist, then you have a real problem and you have no choice but to create the solution.

If a solution does exist, you can choose to not know the answer and simply decide to wonder what a better answer might be, as most highly realized creative people do.

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