# A lot to learn about thinking out of the box.

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I just started a new book called Mega Creativity by Andrei Aleinikov, Ph.D.  The book was written to help us think out of the box or "Five Steps to Thinking like a Genius."  So far after the first three exercises, I am:  1) either daring or stupid (maybe both), 2) normal, and 3) limiting myself by the dictates of others.  Not what I would call a stellar start on my way to "Genius" status!

However, I am encouraged because fortunately they did not have a "dull normal" classification.  I know you are curious, so here were the questions.  Draw a circle on a sheet of paper.  Place a dot anywhere on the sheet of paper.  My mind headed directly to the top right hand side of the paper, well out of the circle.  A genius would have turn the paper over and placed the dot in the middle!  The second question was to write an odd number up to ten.  Of course, I wrote seven as would millions of us in the huddled masses of the Great Unwashed.  One is the number Genius would pick!  The third exercise was to pick three random numbers that when placed on a hidden chart revealed three words.  My words were Dog, Quark (not misspelled), and Constipation. I was given five minutes to write five sentences using all three of the words.  My first sentence was, "My dog, Quark, suffers from constipation!"  Anyway, I was able to write five reasonable intelligent sentences in only three minutes.  My arm still hurts from patting myself on the back!  However, here is the rub.  "Why did I stop at five sentences when I still had two minutes left?"  Great question.  Why do we stop when we think that we have done enough?  An interesting challenge.

As with every challenge to renew one's mind, we have a choice!  Poo Poo it, or stick our toes into the water.  I choose the latter.  I am going to overlay the challenges onto not only my real estate business but also onto my life.  How often do I accept the status quo to determine my efforts.  Or, are the decisions that I make based upon what a "normal" realtor does.  I would love to be in a position to "Think like a Genius!"  To be able to turn a new page, to be able to pick a solution that is not "normal", and to go the extra mile to distinguish myself from the rest of the pack!  Stay tuned.

If this is the first time that you have read our blog, my wife and I come from a long entreprenuial background.  My first career was a sales manager of a radio and television station before I was barely old enough to buy a client a beer.  That led to an advertising agency to a recording studio to new product development.  After selling our last business, we decided to relocate to our beloved Hutchinson Island Fla from Maine.  Our entreprenurial juices has led us into the real estate business.  We love where we live in the Colonnades on Hutchinson Island.  I usually show homes in my shorts, Florida shirts, and flip-flops!  You gotta love it here!  Hutchinson Island is one of the best kept secrets in Florida.  Check out this listing!

By the way, our home in Maine near the coast is for sale.  Make me an offer I cannot refuse!

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Kenneth,

You are certainly getting very deep into this blogging stuff.  Don't lose focus of your target.

Oct 02, 2013 01:37 PM #1
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH

Look forward to seeing your future posts about this, I am curious however if any explanation is given in any detail as to why the "genius" choices are such or just supposed to take the authors word for it?

Oct 02, 2013 02:02 PM #2
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Kenneth Theobald
Hutchinson Island, FL
Your Keller Williams Realtor on Hutchinson Island

Hi Kevin,

I am not sure how you lose focus on your target when you never really knew what your target was in the first place.  In your seminar I came away excited about blogging, but I must have missed some of the nuts and bolts.  What is my target?

Oct 03, 2013 07:42 AM #3
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Kenneth Theobald
Hutchinson Island, FL
Your Keller Williams Realtor on Hutchinson Island

Hi Greg,

Great question!  If I am interpreting the author's goals for this book properly, he believes that there are as many forms of "Genius" as there are people.  He obviously has studied situational responses and decided upon a norm.  I believe that his philosophy is that anyone who is willing to think out of the box which conflicts with the "normal" thinking, is on the path to discovering his/her genius.  I am in the process of listing the "five most stupidest things that I have dreamed about!"  Where will that lead?

Oct 03, 2013 07:52 AM #4
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John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA

Kenneth, sounds like an interesting book & you've brought up a great point - I've heard it many times that greatness is merely going just a little bit further.  Going outside the box is certainly a good thing.

Oct 03, 2013 10:00 AM #5
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH

Kenneth,

If I had to come up with the "five most stupidest things that I have dreamed about!" I would be in trouble because I generally don't remember my dreams.

If I were reading a book and it came to a part that said everyone was a genius, I'd have to return it and ask for my money back, if ya know what I'm sayin :)

Oct 04, 2013 05:44 AM #6
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