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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Connections, Effort, and Creativity

In my last post I said that creativity is based on connections and that you need to be able to pull expertise from one area and combine it with new knowledge in another area.

For example, it is widely known that the Wright Brothers were successful in building a rudimentary airplane, even though one had never been built before. They applied their knowledge of bicycle building and forward motion to the new concept of enough forward motion to create lift. Using concepts you already know and applying them to something you don't know is how a lot of products are developed.

The concept of moving outside of your areas of interest and expertise is uncomfortable and requires effort. Who wants to read a physics book when you really want to go and paint a landscape? (Maybe you can tell this is a personal whine?) What I am saying is that you do not have to become an expert in physics. Start with an introductory book or maybe find grade school level texts that present concepts in a basic manner, (and this is not as embarrassing as it sounds!) which will make it easier for you to understand the subject.

It has never been easier to learn something new and who knows, you might find a new interest.