Get Unfamiliar

Familiarity makes things easier to dissect but it starves innovation. You don’t necessarily need context on everything; sometimes it’s more beneficial to look at something in a blank slate. The familiarity bias happens when your interests or expertise blind other areas.

A good way out of the parochial’s nest is to think the exact opposite of what you believe in or what your brain looks at first. Deliberately take the other side or question the other intricate pieces. What else is there to know?

Question everything for the sake of getting outside your box. No one truly knows anything with 100% certainty since improvement and knowledge is infinite.

Challenge your norm on purpose, even if you know it’s wrong. A genius is someone who can rise above their own inclinations and feel or understand the other side.

Be curious. Question what you know and what think you know. Experiment with your blind spots. Say to yourself, “I don’t know how this damn thing works or how someone could believe in such bullshit but I’m going to see it out.”

Creativity is the difference between open-mindedness and myopia.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.