Roger von Oech Quotes.
If you make an error, use it as a stepping stone to a new idea you might not have otherwise discovered.
If you don’t execute your ideas, they die.
The hallmark of creative people is their mental flexibility… Sometimes they are open and probing, at others they’re playful and off-the-wall. At still other times, they’re critical and faultfinding. And finally they’re doggedly persistent in striving to reach their goals.
What excuses stand in your way? How can you eliminate them?
Here’s my advice: Go ahead and be whacky. Get into a crazy frame of mind and ask what’s funny about what you’re doing.
Take advantage of the ambiguity in the world. Look at something and think what else it might be.
Life is like a maze in which you try to avoid the exit.
Going to a junkyard is a sobering experience. There you can see the ultimate destination of almost everything we desired.
Most people think of success and failure as opposites, but they both are products of the same process.
Look for the second right answer.
New ideas are not born in a conforming environment.
Flexibility is a requirement for survival.
Either you let your life slip away by not doing the things you want to do, or you get up and do them.
Most brilliance arises from ordinary people working together in extraordinary ways.
When everyone thinks alike, no one is doing very much thinking.
Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.
Am I Getting Lazy? Am I Too Busy? Am I Becoming Arrogant? Am I Getting Timid? If you answer ‘yes’ to any one of these questions, that’s your warning to Kick that attitude!
We grow up thinking that the best answer is in someone else’s brain. Much of our education is an elaborate game of ‘guess what’s in the teacher’s head?’ What the world really needs to know right now is what kind of dreams and ideas are in your head.
Knowledge is the stuff from which new ideas are made. Thus, the real key to being creative lies in what you do with your knowledge.
It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date.
Most burning issues generate far more heat than light.
Everyone has a ‘risk muscle.’ You keep it in shape by trying new things. If you don’t, it atrophies. Make a point of using it at least once a day.