Hi, my name is Michael Muxworthy.
I’m a LATERAL THINKING protagonist.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve traveled through life building some clear, intelligent viewpoints that you can substantiate and articulate well. You have a lifetime of gathered opinions and strong supporting evidence to back them up. (The older I get, the LESS flexible my thinking.)
Let’s challenge some of your preconceived thinking and see where it leads to?
“Lateral thinking creativity is not a talent, it’s a skill that can be learned”
Before I show you how quickly and easily lateral thinking creativity can be learned, first let me demonstrate to you that YOU’RE LIVING IN A PRISON and you’re probably not aware.
This puzzle is often solved by four-year-old children. However, as soon as they begin their education, as they begin to “learn”, they’re less likely to be able to solve it.
If YOU are an educated person, I willing to wager that you can’t solve this.
Use 3 separate lines (straight or curved) to join the boxes labeled with letters; a single line for each to join “A” to “A”, “B” to “B” and “C” to “C”. The lines cannot touch or cross each other. They must stay inside the diagram, and cannot touch the sides. They cannot touch or go through other boxes.
There’s no trick involved. Having trouble, see if the clue below helps . . .
Over a lifetime, your thought process has been conditioned, or “blinkered”. You probably couldn’t solve the puzzle because of two deeply entrenched teachings:
- “A” comes before “B” and “C; and
- The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.
In your mind, did you first draw a straight line between the two “A” boxes? A four-year-old child is less likely to have such entrenched understanding. A four-year-old child is quite likely to start at “B” or “C”.
Still can’t get past your preconceived thinking?
Pretty amazing don’t you think? A solution so simple, yet with all our experience and education, we couldn’t identify it. But don’t worry, all is not lost. Creativity of the mind is rarely a natural skill; it is a skill that is learned. It is a skill that is very easy to learn.
“Lateral thinking is the DELIBERATE breaking of the shackles that inhibit creative and original thinking”
I invite you to join me for FREE lateral thinking and creativity training that will lift your potential for every single facet of life.
!4 Free Lessons, 20 minutes per day for 14 days will not only change your world, but also the lives around you.
Lateral thinking lessons:
Lateral thinking lesson ONE – Blinkered Thinking
A simple diagram to demonstrate how our experiences and what we learn over a lifetime can “blinker” our thinking.
Lateral thinking lesson TWO – Random Starting Points
Randomly chosen starting points for breaking the shackles of your “blinkered” thinking. Practical examples.
Lateral thinking lesson THREE – How creativity works
Creativity of the mind can be learned and practiced. The creative process is merely the DELIBERATE combining of ideas and things not previously considered. See how creativity works.
Lateral thinking lesson Four – Alternative perspectives
The practice of considering alternative viewpoints. Discover alternatives with this creative tool.
Lateral thinking lesson Five – Entrepreneurial creativity
Rise above and avoid becoming a “cog in the machinery” with this lateral thinking advice for the entrepreneurial spirit. Lift yourself above the day-to-day perspective.
Lateral thinking lesson Six – Challenge existing concepts
A lateral thinking skill we exhibited as children, but somehow it gets buried as we grow “wiser”. Learn again to ask “why”.
Lateral thinking lesson Seven – Escape dominant thinking
Always challenge, even if something that works well. Build on existing success.
Lateral thinking lesson Eight – Backwards planning/discovery
A creative strategy that begins with what you want and then works backwards to create an achievable path. Go directly to the backwards planning lesson.
Lateral thinking lesson Nine – Goal setting
A creative goal strategy for the passionate amongst us. If you are passionate about achieving something, this creative process is guaranteed to bring your goals within reach. Set your goals for success.
Lateral thinking lesson Ten – Creative speaking
Speak confidently, and expertly, on any subject, in every situation, with this simple creative technique. Never be lost for words that people enjoy listening to.
Lateral thinking lesson Eleven – Creative combinations
This extremely practical creative lateral thinking combining lesson will open the doors of opportunity. Click here to learn about creatively combining.
Lateral thinking lesson Twelve – Problem-solving
Four-step procedure for the making of a leader. Don’t live with problems, show leadership by resolving all your problems easily. Solve your problems now.
Lateral thinking lesson Thirteen – Time management
This powerful technique will allow you to efficiently and productively manage your time WITHOUT making plans. Start making better use of your time.
Lateral thinking lesson Fourteen – Memory pegs
Never write down a shopping list again. Go to meetings and “listen”, and not need to take notes. Go to the memory peg lesson.
I hope you enjoy my free lessons,
Disruptive Lateral Thinking Author
“I solve the crimes of our preconceived thinking”