The forefront of entrepreneurship is creative thinking. With a deep inner mind full of ideas, it’s almost impossible to become successful in life, business, or personal passions.
Thoughts are the basic layout of how life unfolds. Being intentional in focusing on positive thoughts about one’s goals and dreams can change one’s life.
So how does one cultivate creative thinking? According to entrepreneur Brian Tracy, there are seven qualities that creative thinkers embody.
1. Creative thinkers express curiosity. Why? Why not? Why can’t we do this? These are great questions that expand one’s reality into considering a variety of ideas.
2. Zero-based thinking is a useful skill that allows someone to step back, imagine a time before certain decisions were made, and examine how they would go about such decisions with the current knowledge they have. I was not doing what I’m doing, knowing what I know now, would I start?
3. Creative thinkers must be open and eager to change. The world is always changing, and it’s better to take the lead and propel that change yourself rather than let yourself be caught up the tide. Out of all the decisions people make, about 70% might be wrong. With flexible thinking, you can spring back with your next idea.
4. Creative thinkers admit it when they are wrong. Pride is not worth the time wasted trying to defend one’s stance or feeling ashamed for being wrong. Rather, being okay with being wrong is a sign of someone who is open to improving their ideas and eager to move on to better solutions.
5. Creative thinkers aren’t afraid to say, “I don’t know.” Being honest about one’s lack of knowledge in a subject shows others more confidence than pretending to know everything. Admitting you don’t know is the first step to wondering, “Okay, so how do we find out what we don’t know?” This forces you to look for sources of knowledge, look to people who have been in the same situation or problem, and see their solution. Creative thinkers get inspired by other’s stories and copy the solutions or characteristics they like to improve their own lives.
6. Creative thinkers focus on their goals. They know exactly what they want, and their bright imagination allows them to visualize a reality in which they are successful.
7. Creative thinkers care more about what’s right, not who’s right. It’s more important to value ideas, using them to make plans and implement them. At the end of the day, the person who thought of the right idea doesn’t matter. The right idea is always the one that people actually act upon and execute.