Thursday, February 12, 2015

21 Ways to Unlock Your Creative Genius

I bumped into this really cool info-graphic (here's the source) that pretty much sums up the strategies you'd need when you need a jolt of inspiration. You can definitely apply this across all the stuff you plan to do in your life (and work).

Some of you are probably aware that I am a degree-less girl and I work extra hard to get to where I am today. These nuggets of wisdom below have worked well for me and I really liked the way it's being summarized and presented in this nice graphic.

I am by no means a genius, but I have a deep gratitude and respect for what works and for the people who believed in me and gave me that opportunity to prove myself. A lot of what I did in the past were unconventional. I will write more in the next post about Can You Succeed Without a Degree? Stay tuned!

Source: Business Insider

Speaking of psychological distance (if you look at the bottom-left of the info-graphic), my Twitter pinged me this post by Harvard Business Review.

The HBR article talks about the four types of psychological distance: social, temporal, spatial, and experiential. Here's an excerpt for the example on temporal. It also says that no particular degree of psychological distance is always best. To achieve the psychological distance that’s just right, this can be accomplished in two ways: by adjusting the distance or substituting one type of distance for another.

Another strategy for managing temporal distance is to visualize the future. If, for example, you’re worried when you receive the invitation to that alumni association event that it’s one commitment too many, imagine that you have to give the speech the following day. Are you still interested? Or if you’re experiencing writer’s block with your speech, imagine that you’ve already delivered it. Focusing on the desired outcomes—a sense of accomplishment and enhanced professional standing—can help you identify themes and points that will lead to them.

The above two examples of speaking in an event and writing are relevant to me because a few years ago, I was invited as a guest speaker and spoken in a few conferences in Malaysia and Singapore, as well as volunteered as a writer and photographer in other instances. Before reading this article, I had no clue about psychological distance but I did subconsciously use the approach. Now I'm able to put a term to it. Everything—it seems—has a term...