12 ways to get breakthrough idea (fantasize define the right challenge)

12 ways to get breakthrough idea
(fantasize define the right challenge)
5. Fantasize
In 1989, Gary Kasparov, the Soviet Union Grand Chess Master, played a two game match against “Deep Blue,” the reigning supercomputer of the time.
Kasparov won easily.
When asked by the media what his competitive advantage was, he cited two things: intuition and the ability to fantasize.

(And this from a master strategic thinker!) Few of us are ever encouraged to fantasize—a behaviour most commonly associated with children or perverts. And yet, fantasizing is exactly how many breakthrough ideas get their start—by some maverick, flake, or dreamer entertaining the seemingly impossible.
I find it curious that business leaders want their employees to come up with fantastic ideas
or solutions, but they don’t want their employees to fantasize. And yet, the words “fantastic” and “fantasy” come from the same linguistic root, meaning to “use the imagination.”
Think of a current challenge of yours. What would a fantasy solution to this challenge look like?
What clues does this fantasy solution give you?                     
6. Define the Right Challenge
“It’s not that they can’t find the solution,” said G.K. Chesterton, the renowned American philosopher and writer, “they can’t find the problem!”
Most people, in their rush to figure things out, rarely spend enough time framing their challenge in a meaningful way. If they owned a GPS, they’d fail to take the time to program in their destination because they were so much into the hustle of getting out of town.
Coming up with the right question is at least half of getting the right answer. If you want a breakthrough idea, begin by coming up with a breakthrough question—one that communicates the essence of what you’re trying to create.
State your most inspired challenge or opportunity as a question beginning with words “How can I?”
Then write it five different ways. Which is the real question?


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