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3. Creativity > 19. Seed Your Mental Random-Number Generator

Seed Your Mental Random-Number Generator

Your mind is like your computer’s random-number generator: it needs a “seed” from the environment to break out of its routines. You have to put something into it to get something out!

Too often, brainstorming meetings take place in sterile, empty conference rooms with bare walls and nothing to look at anywhere else. They are almost like the industrial clean rooms where microchips are manufactured and not a speck of dust is allowed to gather. Is it any wonder that so many bad ideas come out of these rooms? The truth is that brains need “dust.” Brainstorms, like rainstorms, need nuclei around which (b)raindrops can form. If you start with no ideas, you will end with no ideas.1


  

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