Education and experience “blinker” our thinking
Lateral thinking breaks the shackles of preconceived (blinkered) thinking to reveal creative and original thoughts. Thinking that innovates rather than competes.
Experts compete … reducing profit
Lateral thinkers innovate … increasing profit
Is your thinking “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.
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.
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, 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”. Your education and experiences were working against you. In order to solve the problem, try joining the boxes “B” and “C” first.
See the solution HERE
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Michael Muxworthy – Lateral Thinking Author of Fiction
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.
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.
CREATING NEURAL PATHWAYS
Create neural pathways of good habits by sharing and discussing what you have learned before moving onto the second lesson.
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