Both brain hemispheres work hand-in-hand to enhance the creativity in every individual. In today’s article, we shall discuss how best to develop the creative force of our brain networks.
Can you quickly reflect on your past – the journey so far? Are you where you want to be? If you are, it is not yet time to quit. Learning is a continuous process. Life needs constant improvement to remain relevant. If you are not, ask yourself these questions.
How knowledgeable are you?
Do you wish or want to be rich, wealthy and powerful?
Are you committed to pursuing your goals?
The genesis of all problems on earth is man. I mean, you and I. It will also take man to solve these problems. Just as The Almighty God sent His son to bring solution to man’s fall and sinful nature. You were born to bring the solution in your time.
We were not born to leave our future in the hands of mediocre politicians. We were born to take charge of our future, to be in control and to make our society what it ought to be. To be in control, we need knowledge. This knowledge will come from within.
It is an expression of our internal state of mind to the outside world. It comes in the form of imagination which builds up ideas that find expression through creativity.
Most discoveries and products the world have experienced and enjoyed are products of imagination that found expression through the creative force of the brain.
Sir Isaac Newton was asked how he developed the Law of Gravity. His answer was, “By thinking about it.” Men who transformed the world had a different way of thinking. This uncommon way of thinking triggered the creative force of their brain.
How to Develop the Creative Force of the Brain
Let’s learn from these great men, who have written their names in the space of time. I believe that an understanding of their ways of thinking will help us to develop that creative force within us.
Albert Einstein is known today as the world’s greatest scientist and a genius. This is because of his phenomenal contributions to science. Some of his discoveries include.
- Brownian movement or Zigzag movement of microscopic particles in suspension. This discovery led to the prove that atoms and molecules exist.
- Quantum theory of light. In this discovery, he showed that light is made of small packets of energy called quanta or photons. Photons are observed to have properties such as particles and waves. This discovery led to the invention of the television.
Note the following about Einstein
As a teenager, his teachers called him slow and lazy. If a man called slow and lazy rose to become a famous scientist, why can’t we stand out in our generation? According to him, “I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” If he was not thinking rationally, why was he so creative?
Einstein’s 3 ways to develop the Creative Force of the Brain
From our research, we identified these 3 ways of thinking as the key to his success.
- Thinking in Pictures:
Einstein mostly thought in pictures. He pictured things in his mind and performed experiments in his thought. So, his thought process was predominantly in pictures. He visualizes how things should be. From the image drawn in his mind, he constructed his theories. According to Walter Isaacson, he imagined a man falling from an elevator and a woman that is accelerating upward, who assumes that she was being pulled down by gravity, to construct the theory of General Relativism.
One of his famous quotes is, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand while imagination embraces the entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
- The Power of Music:
Einstein is noted to take music breaks as part of a creative thinking process. According to Elsa, Einstein’s wife, “Music helps him when he is thinking about his theories. He will come out of his study, strike a few chords on the piano, jots something down and goes back to study.” I want to believe that music helps him to build up inspiration from within. Taking a musical break will help you to relax and open up your brain network in the default mode.
- The Combinatory Play:
It was equally noted that Einstein utilizes combinatory play in his creative thinking process. The combinatory play is a process of combining things that are not related together in other to generate new useful ideas.
For example, you might be thinking on how to solve a big problem but you are not making any headway. Simply leave the task and do something unrelated to free your mind and have fun. This is called combinatory play.
Einstein says, “Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.” According to Victoria Stevens, “Combinatory play provides a fertile field for neuroaesthetic investigation into the direct link between play, imagination, creativity, and empathy.
Combinatory play can help you release stress, combine diverse ideas to get the hidden solution. It can also help change your perspective to see the bigger picture. For instance, in design and advertisement, you could see a cigarette producing flower. In other words, you are producing a cigarette without hazardous smoke or effect.
Another great inventor the world will not forget in a hurry is Thomas Edison. He was credited to 1,093 patents in the United States. Through his thought processes, he was able to see darkness as a great problem in the society and decided to beautify the world with light. Today we have light bulbs illuminating and beautifying every corner of our homes and offices. How did he do it?
Note the following about Edison
Research showed that he had only three (3) years of formal education when he was a child. As an adult, he was a voracious reader. I want to believe that the books he read transformed his way of thinking completely. As a result, he was able to develop the creative force of his brain, which made him successful.
Edison’s 3 ways to develop the Creative force of the Brain
I believe that what made Edison so successful was his creative thinking strategies. Some of which are:
- The quantity of Ideas:
Thomas advocated for the number of ideas other than the quality. This relates to brainstorming, as discussed in one of our posts. Edison believed that a quality idea must come out of many ideas gathered together. This is why he was credited with the saying, “Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.” Listing as many ideas, both related and unrelated, makes thinking easy and flexible.
- Challenge of Assumptions:
Edison is known to challenge assumptions. It is believed that he does not use many assumptions in his experiment. He felt that education has blinded people from seeing nature’s great possibilities. This thought is similar to that of Einstein in his quote, “Imagination is more important than knowledge…” Thomas Edison is also known to try out things considered to be incompatible or non-standard ways of doing things. He usually tries out different things before coming up with an ideal solution.
Thomas Edison is always enthusiastic about his inventions and he never accepts failure. His practical way of thinking is to identify why an experiment fails and to learn from it. He never accepted failure, this is why he was credited with the saying; “I’ve not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
This great inventor is not well known to the world, in spite of his contribution in designing the alternating current electrical system. I once read in LinkedIn that he worked continuously all through his lifetime, even when in transit. He was such a workaholic that he gets only two (hours) of sleep. The good thing is that his works yielded results. This great man was credited with about 300 patents for other inventions.
What should we learn from his way of thinking and productivity?
Tesla’s 2 ways of developing the Creative force of the Brain
According to Tesla, in his early years, he usually saw images and these images are accompanied by flashes of light. When one speaks, he would see clearly the image of what was spoken. This scenario continued to afflict him until he devised a means of freeing himself from the torment. This he did by visualizing things that had never been. He would go on an imaginative journey to see things in different forms and shapes; things that never existed. He used this method to develop his creative force, which enabled him to invent different things. According to him,
“By that faculty of visualizing, which I learned in my boyish efforts to rid myself of annoying images, I have evolved what is, I believe, a new method of materializing inventive ideas and conceptions. It is a method which may be of great usefulness to any imaginative man, whether he is an inventor, businessman or artist.”
Tesla hence advised us to take enough time to think and visualize every idea before execution. He noted that this period of thinking and visualizing the problem, in spite of the time frame, is called the period of incubation. This period of incubation will present itself with different possible solutions to the problem at hand. Then, comes the period of direct effort, when he will carefully choose the possible solution to the problem and narrow thinking, investigation, and research towards that direction.
- Solitary walk
According to Tesla, the best moments he received great ideas were times of solitary walk. From time to time he will take a lonely walk, and this became part of his life. One payoff of this method was when he invented the induction motor. According to him, he was on a solitary walk in the park when he received a flash of an image. This image after he drew it represented a motor using the rotating magnetic field. This led to the invention of the induction motor.
Jobs’ 2 ways of developing the Creative force of the Brain
I want to end this article with Steve Jobs. For those who do not know him, he was the founder and chairman of Apple. You remember Apple, as in Mac computer, iPad, iPhone, etc. Jobs’ way of thinking revolutionized the computer industry with quality and excellent design. He showed great vision and leadership in his lifetime. We will look at only two ways to complete our list.
- Your Instinct does not Lie
I remember reading a book by Donald Trump, Think Big. In this book, Trump emphasized so well about following one’s instincts. He noted that one’s instincts do not lie. Here, Steve is telling us to follow our instincts, which is one of our basic qualities. According to him, it does not matter whether others are doing the same thing or not; we must believe in ourselves and follow what our spirit is saying. The spirit in us will not lie. But most times, fear cripples this instinct within us. This brings us to the second point.
- Be Hopeful and Optimistic
Fear and doubt can frustrate a man till his death. Steve tells us to be optimistic at everything we are doing. At this, he meant that we should not give up. According to him, if what we want to accomplish meant breaking of standard, we should break it. If it meant upsetting people, we should upset them. But we must never let anything put doubt or inflict fear in us. Believe, have confidence, be patient and optimistic, in due time, your pursuit will yield a great fortune.
Creative thinking can help us discover and put together what we know in order to reach what we want. In this article, we have discussed 10 (ten) potent ways of developing the creative force of our brain. We highlighted four personalities and great inventors of their time, who maximized invention through creative thinking. These men were Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Steve Jobs.
Einstein fancied imagination, music, and combinatory play while Edison preferred quantity of ideas, challenging assumptions and enthusiasm. Tesla, on the other hand, utilized visualization and solitude, while Jobs believed that if one follows his instincts, and is optimistic, he will be successful.
I believe that enthusiasm gives energy to ideas. It also brings excitement. This feeling of excitement helps one not to accept failure. Visualization, on the other hand, bring possible solutions in view. When we see the possibility of solving a problem, it becomes easier to choose a better solution. In this, Tesla noted that after he had chosen a particular part of solving a problem, he usually began to feel that he had gotten the solution. I believe that this feeling is a feeling of excitement, it happens to everyone. When you have that feeling, you are confident that you have reached the solution.
Taking a walk is always useful when seeking helpful ideas. You can take a walk to see new things or nature. The good part comes when it is solitary. At that time, one would have ample time to think and visualize the things he/she sees. Tesla says, “The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude.”
Among these techniques of creative thinking, there are some similarities, but we’ve carefully pointed out their differences. You should note that what works for me may not necessarily work for you. So take your time and identify the methods that will help you develop that creative force hidden within you.