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Creative Boot Camp: Generate Ideas in Greater Quantity & Quality in 30 Days by Stefan Mumaw

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4. The Creative BarbellImage

As mentioned earlier, restrictions are necessary for creativity to be present. In fact, the more restrictions placed on a problem, the greater the opportunity for a creative solution. Restriction also plays a role in the idea of creative training. Think of it like physical training.

When you go to the gym, you lift weights to increase your strength. As you get stronger, you increase the amount of weight that you lift to challenge your strengthening muscles. It is the repetitive resistance that breaks down the muscle to give it a chance to rebuild stronger. Restrictions related to problem solving provide the resistance your ...

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