Quote of the Day – Abstract Thinking and Creativity

Daniel H. Pink“Abstract thinking leads to greater creativity… But in our businesses and our lives, we often do the opposite. We intensify our focus rather than widen our view.”

- Daniel H. Pink

What does creativity require?

Today’s quote of the day is one piece of a puzzle, but nobody would agree on how many pieces the puzzle has – or even what the puzzle looks like when complete.  What does creativity require?  Some people would say that creativity requires many things – some people would say that creativity requires nothing at all.

Instead of haggling, let’s rethink the question:  What hinders creativity? The quote above fits as one answer to that question.  Intense, focused thinking – all day, every day, at work and at home – stifles creativity in most of us.

We all experience occasional flashes of inspiration while we are lying in bed, in the shower, or having breakfast.  These are times when we are letting our mind wander!  It is the times where we allow our minds to wander that creativity can most easily step in – we just need to let it happen.

The next time you are faced with a task that needs a creative solution – give yourself some space, step back, and allow your creativity time to kick in!


About Daniel H. Pink:  An author and expert in the fields of motivation and creativity, his best-known books include Drive and A Whole New Mind.


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