GENIUSES LOOK AT PROBLEMS IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.
Examine each problem from different perspectives.
GENIUSES MAKE THEIR THOUGHTS VISIBLE.
Use visual diagrams to help think.
“Thomas Edison held 1,093 patents, still the record. He guaranteed productivity by giving himself and his assistants idea quotas. His own personal quota was one minor invention every 10 days and a major invention every six months.”
GENIUSES MAKE NOVEL COMBINATIONS.
Combine thoughts, ideas and images consciously and subconsciously.
GENIUSES FORCE RELATIONSHIPS. / GENIUSES THINK METAPHORICALLY.
Use real-life analogies to picture abstract things (e.g. water ripples for sound waves)
GENIUSES THINK IN OPPOSITES.
e.g. pairing parallel circuits with high-resistance filaments = lightbulb
GENIUSES PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR CHANCE.
seek accidental discovery; be open to investigating things “outside the plan”