The one sentence summary
Identifying and investigating areas we are not naturally interested in massively multiplies the amount of new connections we can make.
WHAT THE BOOK SAYS
- This is a series of provocative anecdotes designed to ignite your creative ambitions – a rallying cry for anyone who wants to think differently.
- Identifying and investigating areas we are not naturally interested in massively multiplies the amount of new connections we can make.
- This enables 1 + 1 to = 3, rather than the usual 2.
- Being anecdotal, the book is hard to summarise in total, but there are 9 sections:
1. Regret is worse than embarrassment
You need the balls to try things and not worry about potential failure.
2. Choice architecture
Change the problem you can’t solve into one that you can.
3. The spirit of the law, not the letter of the law
Good ideas are first ignored, then considered dangerous, then deemed to be obvious all along.
4. The message is the medium
Language choice is important, but it’s also where and when you say something that matters.
5. Disaster is a gift
When everything goes wrong, you have to change the plan and think again, leading to much increased creativity.
6. The value of ignorance
If you don’t know what apparently can’t be done, you can think freely.
7. Question the question
Reinterpreting the brief is often solving the problem.
8. Belief trumps fact
Before you sell the answer, sell the need.
9. Creativity is messy
Sticking to apparent wisdom prevents creative thinking – rebels and some chaos push boundaries more.
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT
“In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.”
Orson Welles, The Third Man
WHAT YOU HAVE TO WATCH
- This is, as ever, just a series of anecdotes, so those preferring a method of some kind may be left wondering to do as a result.