Some say that creativity can’t be taught or learned, but experts maintain that certain kinds of practices and behaviors can turn your brain into an engine for ideas. Focus on mastering these basics:


  • Connect. Look for associations and links between ideas, questions, problems, and solutions, whether they’re related or not.


  • Question. Ask questions that challenge conventional ways of thinking. The best usually start with “why?” or “why not?”


  • Observe. Pay close attention to everyday details. Look for the unusual in the commonplace. Find out what other people are doing to solve their own problems.


  • Network. Don’t surround yourself with the same group of people all the time. Make friends with experts in all different fields, and tap their brains for their unique expertise.


  • Experiment. Try new things. Take a risk. Don’t be afraid to fail, as long as you learn something useful from the experience.