Are you a natural creative or lateral thinker?

ALMOST CERTAINLY NOT.

Welcome to the first of 14 free, short, high impact creativity, lateral thinking, and creative management lessons that are guaranteed to inspire creativity, help you solve problems, and broaden your opportunities. Completely free.

The first point I’d like to make is that 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, and I will teach you for absolutely free. 

 

Creative thinking

N.B. Please read the Introduction Page to these lessons before proceeding. If you have missed reading the Lateral Thinking Lessons –  Introduction, please click here.

Day 1 – Free lateral thinking and creativity lesson

When it comes to top management in the most successful companies all over the world,  lateral thinking skills are often more highly regarded than a university degree or better. Why?

Lateral thinking skills help break the shackles of your blinkered thinking

EXERCISE

Unlearn your “blinkered” thought process

This simple exercise below will open your eyes to the thinking behind the most powerful and influencial people on the planet.

Lateral thinking helps solve problems
Puzzle to demonstrate blinkered thinking

INSTRUCTIONS

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. 

CLUE

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:

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 to 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 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. 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.

CREATING NEURAL PATHWAYS

Remember, as we discussed in the introduction, we are attempting 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 someone close to you and I look forward to hearing about your experiences.

FEEDBACK AND SUPPORT

Please use the comments section below, and I would greatly appreciate you sharing these lessons through your social media.

THE CAESAR RISING SERIES 

Michael Muxworthy is the exciting new author of the Caesar Rising series. To take a look at this incredible series please click here.

Lateral thinking is intrinsic to the powerful and original discovery processes used throughout the Caesar Rising 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 Roswell’s Final Witness.

Roswell’s Final Witness, the first novel of the opening trilogy of the Caesar Rising series is almost complete. Please bookmark this website and return occasionally for details of my book launch.

Michael Muxworthy – Author

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To take an advanced peek at tomorrow’s lesson, Random Stating Points, please click here.

These free lateral thinking lessons are brought to you by Michael John Muxworthy

2 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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