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Permission to Become Your Own Authority Figure

Posted in Action, Business, Creativity, Culture, Failure, Happiness, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, One minute unlearning

Does no one in a position of authority like your business proposal, your manuscript or your idea? Stop listening to others "no" and say "yes" to yourself. Give yourself permission to become your own authority figure.


Creativity and Unlearning

Posted in Assumptions, Business, Creativity, Mentor

August Turak has written an insightful post entitled Can Creativity Be Taught. I have also written about unlearning and the creativity process before but I'd like to just highlight a few key points from his article: 1. "Asking radically different questions in a non-linear way is the key to creativity." (If you're looking for some…


Crossing Over the Border of Unachievable Takes Practice

Posted in Creativity, Perfection, Unlearn Strategy

William "Red" Whittaker, a world-class roboticist, likes projects that "border on the unachievable." To cross this border, it's essential to first unlearn your idea of what's achievable. One strategy Whittaker employs is to "plunge into production by trial and error, rather than seeking the perfect design." In other words, Whittaker practices intentional imperfection.



Keep an Open-Mind to Unlearning

Posted in Ambiguity, Ask a New Question, Assumptions, Behavior, Beliefs, Change, Creativity, Curiosity, Enlightenment, Lessons Unlearned, Opposite May Also be True, The Way We See the Problem, Think Like a Child, Way We See the Problem

Are you open-minded? If so, when was the last time you changed your mind about a long-held belief? When was the last time you publicly admitted you were wrong? When was the last time you acknowledged that another person could look at the exact same thing and come to an equally valid — but opposite —…


An Antidisciplinary Approach to Learning — and Unlearning

Posted in Ask a New Question, Assumptions, Business, Creativity, Future, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, Management, Problems into Opportunities, Robotics, Science, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem, Unlearn Strategy

“One of the most important disciplines in the twenty-first will be no discipline at all,” writes Frank Moss in his new book, The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices—a new book about MIT’s Media Lab. So does this mean the hard disciplines of physics, mathematics, chemistry, and engineering can be abandoned? Absolutely not. Instead, the school—whose stated mission…


A Curious Connection? Brains, Mind Maps and the Universe

Posted in Creativity, Culture, Education, Future, Imagination, Metaphor, New Cards, Science

Take a look at the pictures to the right. The symmetry between microscopic neurons and a macroscopic galaxy is rather surprising. Is there a connection between the two? Honestly, I don’t know but I do believe the human mind is capable of discovering the answer. To this end, I invite you to watch this six…


The Tale of the Junky Carrot

Posted in Agriculture, Assumptions, Business, Creativity, Food, Innovation, Marketing, Opposite May Also be True, Perspective, Problems into Opportunities, Questions, The Way We See the Problem

What do you do if you want to sell more carrots? One thing, apparently, is to begin viewing the world from a different perspective. Recently, Fast Company, published this insightful article describing how the creative team at Crispin (an advertising firm) helped BoltHouse Farms increase sales of its pre-cut baby carrots. How did they do…


The Benefits of Keeping a Child-Like Mind

Posted in Children, Creativity, Imagination, Innovation, New Cards, Think Like a Child

What are the benefits of keeping a child-like mind? For one thing, you can come up with innovative solutions to old problems. Related Posts Creativity Isn't All in Your Head Draw Outside the Lines


God Dome It! Unlearn!

Posted in Arts, Catholic Church, Change, Creativity, Design, History, Illusion, Imagination, Innovation, Metaphor, New Cards, Opposite May Also be True, Perspective, Problems into Opportunities, The Way We See the Problem, Way We See the Problem

The Saint Ignatius church in Rome was originally designed to include a cupola. For financial reasons, the feature was never built. In moment, sparked by Divine intervention perhaps, Church officials hired Andrea Pozzo to paint a fake dome on the ceiling over the altar. Today, more than 300 years later, many visitors are shocked to…


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