Why is lateral thinking useful?

Creative, “original” or lateral thinking, for the vast majority of us, is not something we naturally acquire, but it is a skill that can easily be learned. Your first lesson is a simple exercise that demonstrates why leaders and successful people value lateral thinking skills.

Day 1 – Free lateral thinking and creativity lesson

Lateral thinking and creative thinking skills are often more highly regarded in business than a university degree or better. Why?

Lateral thinking breaks the shackles of preconceived (blinkered) thinking to reveal creative and original thinking. Thinking that innovates rather than competes.

Experts compete. Competition reduces profit.

Lateral thinkers innovate. Innovation creates profit.


Is your thinking is “blinkered”?

This simple exercise below demonstrates how education, learning, and experience, inhibit your ability to see simple effective solutions. Your “expertise” is working against you.

Lateral thinking helps solve problems
A puzzle to demonstrate blinkered thinking


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.

WARNING! The solution appears below. Do not scroll down until you’ve made a decent attempt at this. 


Over a lifetime, your thought process has been conditioned, or “blinkered”. You probably couldn’t solve the puzzle because of two deeply entrenched teachings:

  1. “A” comes before “B” and “C; and
  2. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

In your mind, you likely first drew a straight line between the two “A” boxes. At that point, you thought “it’s impossible”, or “there’s some sort of trick to this”. The solution is simple. Your education and experiences were working against you in determining a solution. In order to solve the problem, try joining the boxes “B” and “C” first. (Try this on others).

WARNING!! The solution appears below.

Do not look at the solution until you have made a substantial effort to solve the puzzle using the clue above.

You should try using this puzzle on others. Incredibly, the more educated the person you give it to (generally speaking, there are ALWAYS exceptions to the rule), the less likely they are to solve it.


The solution is really quite simple.

The solution to blinkered thinking problem
Lateral thinking will help break the shackles of your blinkered thinking.

A control for this “blinkered thinking” demonstration would be to give the puzzle to a group of people. Half get the puzzle as I have given it to you above. The other half you give the puzzle to, swap the “A’s” and “C’s” around. The different results are amazing. When you rearrange the letters, most people will solve this lateral thinking demonstration easily.

The type of people that readily solve these types of dilemmas are the people at the ultimate top of the “success” ladder. It’s not your education that matters so much when you have billions of dollars under your management, it’s your creativity.

The MOST important thing I want you to take home with you from today’s lesson is that your potential to do anything at all is unlimited once you harness the simple power of creative thinking. Creative lateral thinking will smash the shackles that inhibit or “blinker” your thinking. I’m here to help you realize your dreams.

Lateral Thinking Lesson1 – Summary

Your education and life experiences are often an obstruction to finding truths, solutions or superior alternatives. Lateral thinking skills will help you break the shackles of your blinkered thinking.

That’s enough for today.


Remember, as we discussed in the introduction, we want to create neural pathways of good habits. For that reason, we will only take small but powerful steps that you should discuss and share with others each day.

Please share and discuss the blinkered learning example with at least three people (of any age) close to you and I look forward to hearing about your experiences.


Remember please, to comment every single day so that I can monitor your progress and best assist you if you need help along the way. Your comments will always remain confidential unless you specifically ask me to publish them.

Scroll to the bottom of the page now and leave your comment.

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Lateral thinking is intrinsic to the powerful and original discovery processes used throughout the “Lateral thinking investigations . . . of the third kind” series of novels. If you are passionate about the subject of creativity and original thinking, I urge you to embrace the lessons contained within the pages of this website before you read my first novel coming out soon – THIS IS FICTION. YOU WILL BELIEVE.

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Free lateral thinking lessons brought to you by disruptive author Michael Muxworthy

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4 thoughts on “Lesson 1 – Blinkered Thinking

  1. Hi I tried this exercise on family and work colleagues, young and old. No one was able to get the puzzle out, except for my son’s 13 year old friend. At only 13 he’s obviously had fewer years of conditioning, and this was impressively obvious as he proceeded to solve the puzzle in literally 30 seconds.

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      1. Good for you, Roger. Remember, one lesson per day, and comment after each lesson. If you want your comments to be private, just say so in the comment. Good luck.


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