Thought for the Week: Thinking Differently

"Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different." Albert Seent-Gyorg's

Especially when surrounded by bright, enthusiastic and talented people, it is easy to believe that the solution o r concept at which we look is the only solution or concept that exists. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," or "don't rock the boat" are the kinds of wisdom we offer when we are pretty sure that our way of doing things is the only valid option.

If you accept that little in life is "either/or," and that there is always an alternative, you can approach issues by asking "How does everybody else see this," and "What is another way?" By doing so, you are not saying that everybody is wrong and you are right. It might be that the conventional wisdom is the appropriate view for the time being.

But if you consistently will yourself to think differently about the problem, you may find a key to a powerful solution that has been overlooked. Most inventions, great and small, have been the work of people who through nature or instinct have decided to see the world differently. It's not in the seeing, but in the thinking that brilliance emerges.

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