Monday, February 27, 2012

If It's Not Broken, Brake It and See Where It Leads You

I was recently interviewed on the "Jim Blasingame: Small Business Advocate" show on the subject of lateral thinking and how to make a "break" from old ways of thinking in order to see new opportunities before us. Click on this link to hear the interview.

Necessity is the mother of invention. When things get broken, people come up with new ideas. What many people don't realize is is that you don't have to wait for things to get broken. You can just break them (metaphorically) yourself and see where that leads you.

If your phone got broken you might find the benefit of face to face meetings or realize how much time you were wasting on silly conversations and text messages.

If your car broke down and could not be fixed, you might learn to ride a bike to work and get more exercise. Or you could carpool and make new friends. Or maybe ride the bus and learn about the value of public transportation.

What if you suddenly lost your job? It would be a bad thing right? Maybe not. It could present you with an opportunity to learn a new trade or realize that you could do without all the material things you once had.

The point is if we assume something is broken, we can disrupt all the patterns that are in our head that are preventing us from seeing new ideas. Give it a try and leave me a comment here on how it goes.

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