At work and in daily life we are often confronted with decisions to make and problems to solve. We employ our knowledge and experience and come up with a set of possibilities, enabling us to act accordingly. But have you ever had the feeling that you could’ve done something different or better? This gets at the heart of the Sydney Writers’ Festival talk that NY Times best-selling author, Robert Greene gave “On Creativity”.

Greene has performed years of research into this field and specifically into the area of the science of learning and human behaviour. This enabled him to write his latest non-fiction book, Mastery. His aim was to get to the bottom of why it is that some humans seem to have superior brains. We are all capable of thoughts and making decisions but he wanted to know what makes the Leonardo da Vincis and Albert Einsteins of this world tick and have such higher levels of creativity then the rest of us.

The answer – according to Greene – lies is the fact that these geniuses have the ability to see more options and possibilities. They also rely on a certain level of experience and knowledge – like we all do – but they are not bound to sticking to a predetermined set of outcomes or rules. Greene also mentioned that in 2013 we face additional challenges like information overload and operating in a competitive environment.

One possible solution is to engage in meditation practices. This enables you to form the most incongruous, random and bizarre free associations. It works in much the same way as your thought processes operated when you were a child. Do you remember when you were young and more imaginative and open to certain things than the adults? It helps if you ignore negative thoughts and step outside your comfort zone. And by tapping into this lost state of childhood consciousness you open up the floodgates to fluidity of the mind, where the possibilities for creativity are endless.

Robert Greene’s talk was ultimately an informative and rather practical one (well, when he wasn’t posing ideas that should have already been intuitive to the majority of us). He came to the table full of his own ideas, which people could employ to develop their own creative muscles. In short, this is one exciting and fascinating area and this discussion certainly got some creative juices flowing.

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