Where do original ideas come from? Where do original ideas come from?

Sometimes, being creative can be really challenging.

Perhaps you have found yourself at your desk waiting for inspiration or for a new thought to come that makes you say, “That’s it!” We all experience different situations that require having original and disruptive ideas such as with our professions, in academics and even as part of our daily life.

In times like these where we are bombarded with information, creating new, surprising and exceptional ideas is not as easy as it seems. As the motivational speaker and psychologist Jesús Alcoba explains in an interview with the agency EFE Salud, “Information is overwhelmingly uniform, which can make it difficult to think outside the box. One of the ways to illustrate originality is to define it as a statistically infrequent thought.”

To break the mold, Alcoba recommends doing three actions: reinvent, surprise and be curious. Reinventing involves becoming inspired by what once worked in the past, then turning it around. To surprise, you have to ask yourself, “What is unexpected? What doesn’t fit here?” And to fuel your curiosity, search for examples from different lectures or audiovisual material, use play and go down new paths without sticking with the most obvious.

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