Thursday, 12 December 2013

Divergent thinking mad minutes

Remember doing mad minutes in school? This is the drill where you try and complete 100 multiplication questions in 1 minute. This drill has different names but the premise is the same.

Sadly, this isn't being taught in schools anymore. The reason is that it is too competitive and schools don't like competitive environments. That is the topic for another blogpost.

But in this post let's talk about divergent thinking mad minutes. Divergent thinking is the ability to brainstorm. People who are good at divergent thinking can think of more things than they can physically write down. People who are not good at divergent thinking can only write a few.

Either way, anything cognitive can be improved. If you are a teacher, I would ask your class to write down as many adjectives to a certain word. You can also do the same thing with verbs. Here are a couple examples.

Write down as many adjectives for the word green.

Write down as many verbs you can for the word car.

This skill can be improved upon if we wanted it to. The problem is that nobody really cares.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Biased against creativity

This article pretty much sums up my views on the perception of creativity in western society. It also has a great article about how teachers discriminate against creative students.

The most important part of the article is at the end where they talk about resilience. It is correct that in order to be a successful creative person you have to be very persistent.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

You have to be a little lazy to be an entreprenuer

Whenever you think about entrepreneurship you think of somebody working all day everyday toiling at their business. The best entrepreneurs are a little lazy. For the most part it will take hard work to get your business going but it will take a little bit of laziness to get to the next level.

When you are somewhat lazy you find a better quicker way to do something which is the cornerstone of entrepreneurship. While you need a strong work ethic if you can do the same job in 1 hour when it normally takes 5 you have just found a great solution.