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Try to answers these questions,

What if money has no value when you wake up?

What if you could go back in time?

What if you become invisible a day?

What if you become a God?

Sometimes, such crazy questions pop out of your mind. For no reason, you will always try to give some positive twist to your answer. It may not be a problem since it is “What if” as of now. What if these happen in the next moment? It would be a hassle if your positive twist doesn’t work out. So your solution should always have three faces, Positive, Neutral and Negative.

While facing a problem, people usually try to find solutions in numerous possible ways. The process of finding solutions will be like,

  1. Analyse the problem
  2. List out the solutions (That will work out according to them)
  3. Implement the best solution

To succeed in the third step, you ought to succeed in the forerunner. But, either people will fail to figure out the exact problem or they will forget to list the most favourable solution. Also, 65% of the people fail at the point when they forget to think out-of-box.

Albert Einstein says “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”. Yes, that is indeed true!

Let’s relate this with the “What if” questions I asked earlier, while answering these questions you would have assumed a scenario and you will try to revolve around it. This might retard your level of thinking and lessen your possibility of attaining favourable solutions.

Albert Einstein also adds, “Assumptions are made and most assumptions are wrong”. Now, again try to answer these questions by expanding your boundaries of assumptions. Your mind can fetch answers/solutions which you wouldn’t have thought before. Strange enough right? This is the power of out-of-assumptions-thinking.

Author R. Sridhar thoughtfully portrays this idea in his book “UNLOCK THE REAL POWER OF IDEATION” as

The assumptions we make about the problem, limit the quality of our solutions. So, it is important for us to clarify boundaries if any. Otherwise, people make their own assumptions which affect their thinking.



Furthermore, he throws light on

– How to define a challenge

– Getting Real, Making choices

– A Formula for “Wow”

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