Day 14 – Free lateral thinking and creativity lesson

Today we learn about a creative process that will allow you to memorize and recall lists of important things any time you need them, and in any order required.

The “Memory Peg” system is a technique for memorizing lists.

It works by pre-memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent (1 to 10, 1-100, 1-1000, etc.). Those words and associated “experience” form the “pegs” of the system that allow easy recall of an object that is assigned to that memory.

To rapidly memorize a list of arbitrary things, each one is associated with the mnemonic image for the appropriate peg. The “Memory Pegs” only have to be memorized once. They can be reused over and over again.

Previously in this course, there have been three lessons that were designed to help you understand the various issues around the application of the creative thought process, and 10 lessons introducing powerful creative skills that you can use every single day. Let’s give this additional “Memory Peg” skill a try by pegging the ten previous creative skills you have learned up to this point.


One – run.

You are at the Olympics sitting at the stadium. You are sitting at the back. Below you, you can see the oval that the athletes are about to race around on a 400-meter sprint. You hear the starter’s pistol go off “bang!” The crowd around the stadium begins cheering and standing with the excitement. You are forced to stand to see the action, but when you get to look down from your position at the back, over the top of the cheering crowd, instead of athletes running around the track, all you see is athletes all over the place trying to start the race at RANDOM STARTING POINTS.

The skill you are recalling is “Random Starting Points”.

Close your eyes and visualize this now

Two – zoo.

You’re at a huge but very old zoo. As you reach the monkey cage, there is a hole in the wall with bars to let you see the action. Inside the monkey’s caged area is a huge tree with no leaves on it for the monkeys to play on. There are lot’s of people at the zoo, so many that you can’t see the monkeys because so many people are standing in front of you. Gradually, you move closer to the front. The tree is now in plain view, but instead of monkeys hanging from the tree, you notice that a single monkey has escaped the cage enjoying an ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE of the view through the bars of the cage.

The skill you are pegging is “Alternative Perspectives”.

Close your eyes and visualize this now

Three – tree.

There is a huge Christmas tree in front of City Hall, and you’ve made a special trip into the heart of town to see it. The decorations each year just get better and better. This year, you turn up and you’re not disappointed, the tree is glorious in color and imagination. As you look at the top of the tree, you are completely surprised. Instead of the “Star of David”, you see a huge letter “Y“.

The skill you are pegging is “Challenging the Status Quo by asking “WHY?””

Close your eyes and visualize this now

Four – door.

Do you remember the front door to a memorable childhood home? Do you remember the sanctuary it afforded? Can you remember the joy of being greeted by a parent or guardian? Imagine that you are that child living in that home once more. You arrive home, open the door, but to your complete surprise, instead of who might normally greet you, there is a huge hole in the wall that allows you to enter your home using a different method.

The skill you are pegging is “Escape Dominant Thinking”.

Close your eyes and visualize this now

Five – hive.

Imagine walking along a bush track. You can imagine being alone or with a friend, and you can be any age you choose. This bush track has a lot of plants growing into the path, so you are using a long stick/branch you’ve found to help push them out of your way as you progress. Suddenly, you come across a beehive. You hit the beehive with the stick and it falls to the ground, breaking open. You are about to run for your life as you expect a swarm of angry bees, but instead, the beehive magically goes backwards, back up to its original position. 

The skill you are pegging is “Backwards Planning”.

Close your eyes and visualize this now

Six – sick.

You are a child (again) home from school with a tummy ache. The doctor is visiting you at your home, in your bedroom. The doctor asks where it hurts and you point to your stomach. The doctor then pulls up your shirt and shows you what the problem is. You look and you see a miniature soccer player lining up to kick a goal.

The skill you are pegging is “Setting Goals of Passion”.

Close your eyes and visualize this now

Seven – Heaven.

You’ve died and gone to heaven. There waiting for you as you climb the stairs to the pearly white gates is Saint Peter. But instead of holding a harp, Saint Peter is holding onto a microphone as he gives a speech.

The skill you are pegging is “Creative Speaking”.

Close your eyes and visualize this now

Eight – gate.

You are at a level crossing and a train is approaching from the right. Before you can get across, the boom gates come down to stop your progress. To your complete surprise, at the end of the boom gate is a car that is also a plane.

The skill you are pegging is “Creative Combinations”.

Close your eyes and visualize this now

Nine – wine.

You are out to dinner. It is a very high-class establishment. The wine you have chosen has arrived, and the waiter asks if you would like to confirm that he has brought you the right selection. You turn to look at the wine the waiter is presenting, but instead, he is very angry as he presents you with four numbered envelopes.

The skill you are pegging is “The Four-Step Problem-Solving Technique”

Close your eyes and visualize this now

Ten – den.

You are on safari in Africa. You are hunting lion. Up ahead is a cave, and a lion’s enormous roar comes from within. Cautiously, you enter the lion’s den expecting to see a charging angry lion at any moment. There is is no lion, however, instead, you see your impatient friend/partner pointing at their wristwatch implying that you are late.

The skill you are pegging is “Time Management”.

Close your eyes and visualize this now

(For those wanting to expand this technique further, 11 – 30 appear below) 

The memories are now firmly lodged in your mind, and we have a filing system for finding them as required.

Get someone to test you. Don’t let them make it too easy, they have to ask for the 10 things in random order 9, 3, 5, 10, etc.

I personally can do more than a hundred easily, and I take only seconds to peg each object.

This skill is to be used in presentations, notetaking, interviews, workplaces, homes and it will really help with EXAMS!!!!


Best person for the job

You walk into a job interview. Instead of taking notes, you listen, and you “peg” all the key points the employer has made. He asks you what you have to say about the job.

Instead of struggling to remember everything you:

  1. Smoothly deliver 15 key strengths/advantages you wanted to bring to his attention;
  2. End the interview by recapping the EXACT 12 or 25  points the employer made making sure he knows you were attentive and didn’t miss a trick.

Areas I have personally used this skill include:

  • Business presentations;
  • Public speaking;
  • Dispute resolution;
  • University exams;
  • Prepared dinner conversations;
  • Getting a bank loan;
  • Visiting clients, giving and receiving briefs; and
  • Winning arguments etc

You get the picture? Oh, I should have said, “you visualize the image?”

Next time you talk to someone about what you have learned here at these lessons, don’t write notes, memory peg what you have to say and watch how impressed people are. You won’t believe it!

My hopes for your creative future.

YOU have done exceptionally well in coming this far. YOU are the exception. this is what I hope for you:

  1. You now realize that your dreams and passions ARE within your reach. You only have to decide what you want and take it;
  2. You have the confidence to lift your expectations of not only yourself, but also of those around you that you care for. You now understand HOW to help yourself and others; and
  3. That you go on to further master these creative skills that I’ve brought to you here, and that you incorporate them into your daily routine (neural pathways) to the substantial benefit of yourself and others.

We’ve actually covered an enormous amount of territory in an incredibly small amount of time.

Some of the skills and messages may not yet be firmly entrenched into habit; the neural pathways may still need more to form. That’s okay. As you strive to bring your goals within reach and repeatedly use the skills you’ve gained, you will only get better; only achieve more creative, diverse, and differentiated outcomes.

My advice for those who struggled to get through/skipped ahead/this isn’t sticking?

Go back, repeat the lessons BUT this time, follow their advice EXACTLY. My many, many years of personal and management training experience have reinforced my absolute belief that you must always:

  1. Practice frequently what you learn;
  2. Share and discuss your experience with others;
  3. Teach others what you have learned. Become an “expert” in the fields of creativity.

Further help with achieving goals

If, as a result of completing this course, YOU have set goals of passion and you find yourself stuck or in difficulty, contact me, and I will devote time and thought to your needs absolutely free and without obligation.

No matter what your goals, I will contribute something worthwhile, creative and inspirational to your project. How do I KNOW I can achieve this? Because I am NOT an expert in your passions, my thinking will NOT be blinkered. And that is why my first lesson was to show you the importance of breaking the shackles of your blinkered mindsets.

Unblinkered creativity is an awesome accomplice for achieving your dreams.


Please remember to FREQUENTLY discuss, share, practice and teach others what you have learned here. Help others that you care for by introducing them to this course.

Stimulate your lateral thinking process with my top 25 lateral thinking puzzles.

Check out my favorite creative and lateral thinking quotes for inspiration.


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Good luck, please stay in touch,

Michael Muxworthy

Lateral Thinking Investigations . . . of the Third Kind.

Additional pegs for anyone wanting to further develop memory pegs:

11. Cricket eleven. The Aussie cricket team walk onto the field all in white but instead of cricket players, eleven “objects” walk onto the field.

12. Shelve. The shelf above your desk is over full. Something falls down . . . the object.

13. Hurting. There is something in your shoe . . .

14. Courting. The first time you ever gave received flowers, not flowers . . .

15. Lifting. You’re doing a bench press but as you look each side instead of weights . . .

16. Sifting. You are sifting for gold . . .

17. Leveraging. You have to lift the rear of your car without a jack using a very long pole and fulcrum, but under the car . . .

18. Waiting. The bus finally arrives, the door opens . . .

19. Pining. You come home to hear your new puppy misses you but as you search, the pining is coming from . . .

20. Plenty. The magical horn of plenty blows and out comes . . .

21. Dueling gun. You turn to fire and you realize that your opponent . . .

22. Kalamazoo. The magic trick of pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but . . .

23. Climb that tree. An angry dog is chasing you so you escape to a tree, but as you look down . . .

24. Shut the door. The “object” accidentally walks in on you when having a shower.

25. I’m alive. A piano drops on the “object” from a crane trying to lift it into a highrise.

26. Pick up sticks. The game we all played as kids, but instead of sticks . . .

27. I’m in heaven. The pearly gates open and you see . . .

28. I’m late. You get to the huge glass door but it won’t open. You look inside . . .

29. That’s not a vine. It’s a snake! But what’s the snake wrapped around?

30. Dirty. You wash the mud covered car and realize as the windows are cleaned that inside . . .

31. It’s up to you to create pegs that mean something to you from here.

I personally use 100 memory pegs. I will get 97/98/99/100 out of 100 every single time.

You can quickly double the number of things you peg, triple or even more, by “STACKING”. For example.

21 is Donald Tump. 121 is a brand new car. 221 is your homework.

You imagine yourself in a duel. As the count reaches 10, you turn and fire. At this point, you realize your opponent is Donald Trump. Before you can tell if he’s been hit, he’s run down by a brand new car. You look in the car and there’s your homework.


As you increasingly realize the awesome power of your lateral thinking creativity, you will understand the discovery process that reveals our apocalyptic future in Roswell’s Final Witness.

Michael Muxworthy – Author

Lateral Thinking Investigations . . . of the Third Kind

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

3 thoughts on “Lesson 14 – Memory Pegs

  1. I was doing 2nd interviews for a Designer role last week. Even though I was the interviewer, I’m well aware the recruitment world is in favour of the talent, not the employers. They can have their pick. So it was equally important that I was prepared and wasn’t reading off a pre-approved list of interview questions. This technique was very effective. My kids have them memorised too!

    Personally, my memory is pretty bad, so using this to remember the lateral thinking lessons was great. 100% effective.

    Can you use the same memory pegs for multiple objects though? I have for two objects (lateral thinking lessons and my interview points).


  2. Okay…So it’s up to me now. I like that feeling!

    But it’s also good to know that your support is there if I need it. I’m sure I’ll test you on that real soon.

    Thanks Michael.

    And one last note to anyone who has skipped ahead….even though it seems awkward, difficult etc (and it starts off that way), you actually do need to discuss each lesson with someone for this to work. You’ll know who they are.


  3. Thanks for the comment. If you really want to reinforce the benefits of what you have learned here, I suggest that you offer this course to someone you know who will genuinely thrive on it. Someone exceptional . . . even if they don’t know it yet.


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