Need new ideas? Just ask someone for them

Henry Ford once proclaimed: “If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”

What is more fulfilling than creative success; uncovering that new idea that changes everything, or solving that problem that has plagued you for countless nights?

With this little bit of advice from Mr. Ford, I believe that anyone can experience true creative success. All it takes is a little bit of communication.

Why is communication so important to creative success?

Through-out the history of mankind, people have concluded that communication and language are extremely important. The reason for this is because historians - and even entire civilizations - have realized that the absolute best way to discover new ideas is simply by discovering someone else’s perspective. The best way to learn of someone else’s perspective is by communicating with them. So, communication = discovery of new ideas.

Communication is the secret to creative success because you and I are biased in our thinking. We simply cannot see new ideas because of the way we have trained our brains to think and solve problems. No two people, however, think completely alike; therefore, asking someone for their thoughts is one of the absolute best ways for coming up with new ideas and reaching creative actualization.

If you want to achieve creative success - if you need new creative ideas - just ask someone else what they think.

Who thought coming up with creative ideas would be so easy?

Don’t worry if you didn’t, that just proves the point of this concept. You may have not realized that simply communicating with someone else and trying to view ideas from their perspective was the secret to creative success, but now that I have shared my perspective with you… you do.

It is important to keep in mind that someone’s ideas may not always be best (or accurate, or bulletproof), but it is important to always consider a new perspective. Opening up your mind to different views of the world and ideas means your mind can obtain new - and different - concepts.

Don’t take my word (or Henry Ford’s) for it, try it out right now. Go find a complete stranger and ask them what they think about a problem you are trying to solve in your life right now. You may be surprised by their response.

What do you think about this concept?