Four Steps To Find Ideas To Creative Problem Solve

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Moon CreativenessAs a business professional or even individual in our personal life to get things done we are constantly called on to be a "problem solver." Often we have to jack ourself up to ADVANCED problem solver and be creative. Thinking outside the box, or no box, or coming up with a not thought of before idea.

Four Steps To Find Ideas To Creative Problem Solve

  1. Capture ideas immediately on paper or electronically as you meditate on a solution once the problem is defined
  2. Expose yourself to new experiences, travel, classes, and a wide range of different people. It gives you a better base to think of something novel
  3. You being DUMB is ok. There are no dumb questions remember your teacher told you? Do not judge any of the massive list of ideas you brainstorm about a solution.
  4. Steal others' ideas. In other words ask other people about solutions. Soak them all in. Two heads or MORE are better than one. Ask your peers, your associates in different fields. You will be AMAZED what other people come up with ideas to YOUR or your client's or individual or family problem

This little list should get you started being MORE CREATIVE and zero in on that optimal solution to get you past a logjam. Do you know the best problem solvers go the furthest in life? Practice this mental faculty as often as possible. Just know those who BLOG more than those who tweet or Facebook comment are the most creative of all, since they WRITE the most. It takes the most imagination to string that many coherent words together. Best of luck to you.

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Michael Blue
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If I don't write it down I'll forget and if I expose myself won't I get arrested?

Jan 28, 2012 12:28 PM #13
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 ~~~  This is a great suggestion  "ask other people about solutions. Soak them all in. Two heads or MORE are better than one. Ask your peers, your associates in different fields. You will be AMAZED what other people come up with ideas to YOUR or your client's or individual or family problem"  Often someone who looks at things from a different perspective can see the light!

Jan 28, 2012 01:23 PM #14
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Mike Yeo
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Great tips, Gary. The only dumb questions are those that you don't ask.

Jan 28, 2012 01:26 PM #15
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Richard Weisser
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Gary...

I have gotten a lot better about asking for help in my old age! It makes solving a lot of problems a heck of a lot quicker!

Jan 28, 2012 01:38 PM #16
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Congrats on the feature! This is a very interesting post. I like thinking I am more creative since I started blogging. Enjoyed the pictures as well. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

Jan 28, 2012 02:37 PM #17
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Janet Jones
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Hi Gary--I love problem solving and your ideas are great.  Talk about "stealing" other people's ideas.  I am going to do that.  Love the photo you posted, too. 

Jan 28, 2012 03:42 PM #18
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Jordon Wheeler
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Hey Gary,

Problem solving is a daily task in and of itself and requires creativity all too often.  Thanks for the post and best of success to you this year!

Jan 28, 2012 03:52 PM #19
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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Creative thinking is so hard when everyone else thinks they know the right way. It's an uphill battle for me, but thank you for the inspiration (and awesome photos) to get me started!

Jan 29, 2012 12:19 AM #20
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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AR is a great place to be a sponge....and soak up what's out there....and squeeze it until it fits the solution to your problem.

Jan 29, 2012 12:21 AM #21
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Debbie Gartner
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These are great tips, Gary.  And, I love that picture.  Also, I often come up w/ my best ideas when I'm driving and not trying to think of the problem.

Jan 29, 2012 12:52 AM #22
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Great message!  There is so much to learn from everything and everybody.  And, the endless opportunities to use both sides of your brain :)  Love your image, too!

Jan 29, 2012 01:14 AM #23
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Connie Goodrich
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Congrats to the feature.  We do have to reach out to do and learn different things.  The one main step I think is important you highlighted was it is OK not to know what you are doing.  Far better to set out with the tackle and learn mentality rather than I can't learn so I won't try.

Jan 29, 2012 01:32 AM #24
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Michael Setunsky
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Gary, good points for finding solutions to problems. Problem solving groups work!

Jan 29, 2012 01:47 AM #25
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Nancy Conner
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For me, going for a long walk or brainstorming with a friend or colleague are great ways to all of a sudden see a different aspect of an issue or make connections I hadn't noticed before. And I love what you said about writing - it sure can help clarify thinking and take you in directions you never imagined.
Jan 29, 2012 03:55 AM #26
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I find writing things down helps tremendously. Because I am apt to forget -- to have my attention diverted elsewhere. When it's in written form, I pay a lot more attention to it and think about it, ponder it, and that in itself leads to more creativity. Paperless ain't always what it's cracked up to be.

Jan 29, 2012 03:58 AM #27
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Gary...excellent list to go by. I love to create more efficient ways to doing things in my life...it makes life much more challenging and fun!

Jan 29, 2012 04:14 AM #28
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Excellent post as always.  Glad to see that ole suggest button does work!  Have a great day my friend.

Jan 29, 2012 04:58 AM #29
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I bounce a lot of ideas off of other agents. No one in my market, though. If I come up with something really good, I don't need it used against me.

Jan 29, 2012 05:33 AM #30
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Evelyn Kennedy
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Gary:

A good basis for negotiation of a problem.  Talking with colleagues and other may help you see the problem in a different way.

Jan 29, 2012 10:08 AM #31
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Gary - Writing down the ideas as they come can be key as they can be so fleeting.

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