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All progress comes about as the result of finding better, faster, cheaper, easier or different ways to do things and this requires the continual honing of your creative thinking skills.

Your Key Job At Work

One of the key functions of the executive is problem solving, which takes up as much as 50 percent of executive time. It can be said with some confidence that your ability to deal with problems creatively and effectively is the key determinant of your success as a manager. It would be hard to imagine an effective executive who could not solve problems and make decisions with a high level of competence.

Step On Your Own Acceleration

I’ve studied and lectured on creative thinking for years and I’ve come to the conclusion that there is virtually no problem you cannot solve, no goal you cannot achieve, no obstacle you cannot overcome if you know how to apply the creative powers of your mind, like a laser beam, to cut through every difficulty in your life and your work.

Earn More, Faster

The benefits of functioning with more creativity can be enormous. Each of us wants to earn more money, be promoted faster, and enjoy greater status, prestige and recognition. In most cases however, we can only earn more by producing more or of better quality or cheaper or faster – and this requires doing things differently, using creativity.

Step On Your Own Acceleration

The good news is that creativity is a skill and a talent that can be learned and developed through practice. With this skill, you can dramatically accelerate your personal and professional growth. By sharpening your thinking skills and exercising your natural creative powers, you can multiply the value of your efforts and rapidly increase the quantity and quality of your rewards.

Action Exercises

Here are two things you can do immediately to be more creative.

First, see yourself as a professional problem-solver and look upon every difficulty or challenge as an opportunity to develop your creative powers.

Second, look for problems you can solve and obstacles you can overcome. The more you seek for answers and ideas, the smarter and more creative you become.

About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.

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  • Sam Pittsburgh

    Brian, I have been a follower of yours for over 20 years…I do have your early material and am prepairng to buy it again in CDs… You alluded to finding one’s inner creativity fomr Hill’s “Think and Grow RIch” and I use that premise often now that I am middleaged….

    To summarize, use yoru inital thought impulses as flashes of creativity…this improves with age and experience….many successful businessmen and women do this and have little formal education but have storng minds thru this process of tapping into creativity…

  • Brian,

    Thanks for the post. I think that creativity is very important for building wealth. If you have a very creative side but barely any money you can find ways to create value for other people and earn a living. J.K Rowling tapped into her creative side while she was in a train and wrote Harry Potter.

    Thank once again Brian.

    Have an amazing weekend!


  • Archan Mehta

    You can develop your creativity by reading mind-bending stuff.

    For example, if you majored in English, try reading about math or physics.

    Try being ambidextrous, just for a change.

    Experiment with a different half of your brain.

    Take a different path to work.

    Do something out of the ordinary.
    Watch avante garde films.

    Travel to an exotic country and learn the local language.

    Try to cook a meal that is from another culture.

    I think we tend to downplay the importance of extra-curricular activities in our society.

    If you are a sports person, try to learn a musical instrument.

    Creativity is about leaving your comfort zone.

    Try to be unconventional; break the rules. Question experts. Thanks, Brian.

  • Alejandro L

    Mr Tracy,

    I am work in progress, I have several of your audio books and I been absorbing as much as my sometimes distracted mind can. Now I am on the execution mode. Hope a year from I will be able to write you again and tell you that I succeded, in the never ending self development.


  • Hristo Tatsinski

    I need to agree with you. Identifying the problems is always the hardest and most important task.
    If we accept that the solver-way is:
    identify problem->identify reasons for it->create ideas for solving it->chose the best one->Make a “plan”->Do the plan;
    we will understand, that identifying problems is the first job to be done, and all other task depend on it. So, mistake by identifying problems means very big departure from the right result.

  • I learnt from a fantastic problem solver that identifying the problems is the hardest thing. Most people talk about symptoms, but not the problem. If you know what it is, solving is the easy part.

  • Great post Brian

    You are spot on about learning the skill of creativity. I realised after I started my business that the more I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and practised my business skills, the better I was able to find solutions to issues my clients faced. Now I encourage all my contacts to say yes to learning opportunities. We can do so much more than we believe we can – we can all take small steps that build confidence and then take on more challenges and grow even more.

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