“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
Recently, I received an e-mail from a man who had heard one of my book presentations. These are called “Book Briefings,” and/or “Book Synopses.” They are expanded versions of what I present at the First Friday Book Synopsis. He has heard more than a few of my presentations, and wrote:
“Thank you for kick starting my brain again today.”
Now, I do not remotely suggest that my book presentations are the only way, or the best way, to “kick start your brain.” But, what a great phrase!
Our brains go on “automatic mode” so very easily. We stop stretching, stop learning, or put a “pause” on our brain activity, far too often.
In reading Creative Confidence by the Kelley Brothers (the IDEO guys), I was struck at how much emphasis they put on opening yourself up to new ideas – on purpose; intentionally. And, this requires exposing yourself to a lot of ideas! So, they recommend “increasing your idea flow.” (another great phrase!). Here’s how I put it, in one of my 8 takeaways from the book:
Increase your “idea” flow. Take a class in something “new.” Read well outside your radar. Meet people outside of your circle of people, and interests.
There is no one way to jump start your brain, or to increase your idea flow. But I think it is good advice to do both. We should all do something, some things, to jump start our brains, and to increase our idea flow.
And, I suspect, many of us need to get much more intentional about this task. It needs to be done regularly, constantly, and be an ongoing part of how we schedule our days/weeks.
What about you? How do you increase your idea flow? How do you jump start your brain?
“Jump Start Your Brain” – “Increase Your Idea Flow” – It may not matter how you do it, but it matters that you do it!