Creativity Takes Courage

When I was at the Pop Art exhibition in the Gold Coast (KR Connect 3rd May ’23,, I picked up a pack of 50 cards by Nik Mahon.  A pack that promised to Change Your Ideas – and to boost your Creativity.

Nik recommends that when you’re staring at the proverbial blank screen / piece of paper, take this deck, shuffle the cards and deal them one by one until a great idea is born.

The cards have a simple idea on one side and a well written explanation on the other side.

Here are Nik’s 50 Tips to liberate your creative self.

  • Take a break
  • Put it to bed
  • Rephrase the problem
  • Tackle the real problem
  • Challenge your assumptions
  • Reverse your assumptions
  • Break up your routine
  • Find a role model
  • Hire a hero
  • Employ a metaphor
  • Reinvent the wheel
  • Do the opposite
  • Consider your glass half full
  • Take a risk
  • Turn it on its head
  • Build it
  • Visualise the problem
  • Take a walk
  • Expand the problem – or shrink it
  • Keep it simple
  • Have fun
  • Piggy back ideas
  • Adapt or combine
  • Live the problem
  • Try something different
  • Embrace naivety
  • Think like a child
  • Use random words
  • Play with crazy ideas
  • Keep asking questions
  • Work with what you’ve got
  • Break the rules
  • Follow your instincts
  • Don’t prejudge your ideas
  • Throw it away and start again
  • Let your subconscious work for you
  • Make the impossible possible
  • Fly in the face of the acceptable
  • Start at the end
  • Connect the unconnected
  • Bank your ideas
  • Generate 20 ideas in 20 minutes
  • Create a Mind Map
  • Picture it
  • Take a lesson from nature
  • Learning something new every day
  • Let your dreams do the work
  • Set yourself a time limit
  • Prepare to unlearn things
  • Learn from the masters

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Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts is founder of Red Rose Consulting; business leader and educator; author and speaker; adviser on marketing, creative thinking and leadership.


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