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Boost your Creativity with ‘What if’

17 October 2011

Nishant Kasibhatla was the author of Rev Up Your Brain in September 2011.

A simple way to boost your creativity is to ask ‘what if’ questions. These questions will make your brain think in new ways and can help you come up with creative ways of solving problems. As a matter of fact, almost every product or service you see today exists because the person who designed/invented it asked a “what if?” question.

Henry Ford asked “What if I can make the cars come to the factory workers rather than the factory workers walk to the cars?” and the Moving Assembly Line (using conveyor belts) was born. This invention revolutionised the car manufacturing process across the world.

Spend a few minutes every week and ask a ‘what if’ question and visualise the answers. You can even involve your colleagues or your family members. Here are a few sample questions:

  • What if I become the head of my department/organisation? What plans will I change? What new policies will I initiate?
  • What if people stop using computers? How will that change the world?
  • What if I am a writer? What kind of books would I write? What kind of people would read these books?
  • What if I am a Superman (or Wonder Woman)? What would I do everyday?

You may or may not come up with a life-changing idea every time you do this exercise. The objective of this exercise is to boost your creativity by making your brain think in new patterns. Take note that there are no right or wrong questions (or answers).

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Nishant Kasibhatla is the only Grand Master of Memory in Singapore. He is an author, speaker and trainer with more than 15 years’ experience in the areas of speed-reading, motivation and success, and memory management.

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