Skill #1: Approximate Thinking
Learning that you don't have to be right, right away.
From the age of 5, we have been taught that there is a right answer and a wrong answer. Our goal has always been to be “right.” But the real-world is not “black or white.” It is a wonderful Technicolor world with multiple possibilities.
The first key skill of brainstorming is to “Ban the Bazooka!” – to put aside your judgmental self, and free your mind up to as many “beginning ideas” as possible. It’s called “divergence” and is the key period where we force ourselves to remove all censorship and evaluation and just let ideas flow.
To stretch our thinking and develop as many ideas or thoughts as possible, without judging or self-censoring.
Later - pick out the best, the newest, the most intriguing and develop them. Nothing has to be killed, just pick what you like as though you are picking froma tray of hors d'oevres.
- A range of new thoughts you would not have had before
- A growing comfort with being approximate rather than right
- A skill that grows through practice