Have strong convictions and a flexible mind.
See your idea with clarity and know that manifesting your
idea will be a discovery process... a searching and waiting
for the parts to make a whole.
Know yourself... goals, motives,
roots, methods, capabilities. See your life as a continuum...
the past, the future and the present as your moment of opportunity.
Check alternatives. (Zwicky box) Make
sure you have good choices and that you are not reacting
to limited alternatives.
Know the state of the art. What is
the best that has been done with your problem? Don’t
reinvent the wheel. Take it further.
Be objective about idea and self. Don’t confuse self
with idea. don’t get emotionally involved when others
can’t “see” your idea; remember, it is
not a personal attack.
Think in terms of action. Ideas are
cheap. Manifestation of the idea is value. Start where you
are and move forward in concrete steps that match your style.
Work from the whole to the parts; then the
parts to the whole. Move back and forth between your
vision and the present state. Make sure you can go from
one point to the other; if not, work with the holes. Don’t
assume that you can manifest the idea without the steps
Define and document goals, progress, etc.
Keep a precise record of your process so that you can go
back and pick up valuable information. Discovery is eclectic
searching. Parts you have discarded may become valuable
in later stages.
Learn how to re-set. Know that there
will be disappointments in your process. Take them in stride
so that they don’t interfere with the overall pleasure
of your process.
Use metaphor/analogy. Make the strange
familiar and the familiar strange. Get inside the problem;
feel it, taste it, smell it, see it, hear it...be the problem
and the solution.
the courageous leap.
Go for it. Learning is going where you haven’t been
before. You have to let go of your old assumptions before
you can find new solutions.
Break restraints. Recognize that
can’t are imaginary fences. Discover ways over, around
and through them. Do it in a manner that does not infringe
Ask why... why... why... what if... why not…
To change something or add to something, you must first
understand it in the deepest sense.
Pay the price. TANSTAAFL. All solutions
are trade ups. You must be willing to give to the process
Integrate goals to life... live them.
Wishes are not separate from what is going on around you.
Be sensitive to your environment, to those around you, to
where you are in your life process. Watch for personal and
social windows. Model success and be ready to accept it
when it comes.
Discovery is eclectic and redundant. There are methods,
however, which can lead you to your solutions in efficient
manners. Document, be systematic, know where you are in
the process of discovery.
Giving up means giving away all the time spent with the
project. Go through the guidelines again and again. Know
where you are in the process so that you can focus on getting
unstuck. Bring discipline, rigor, and intuition to your
Look for patterns. Problems are not
isolated from the rest of the world; there are many interconnections.
Find the threads, build a context; separate the conditions
from the problem.
Ask how was this solved before, what is
different now? All invention is an extension of someone
else’s previous invention.
Organize your environment. Have your
tools in order; clear a working space that suits your needs.
Arrange your time with others so that it does not interfere
with your process.
Expose yourself to diverse stimuli,
and know when to stop and walk on the beach, etc. Don’t
get so far into the problem that you can’t get out
of it. Let your intuition work with you.
Be eclectic and focused in your work.
After you have brought clarity to your process, let it go;
other facets of your mind will take over.
Invention is discovery. Discovery is connection, extension,
Learn many techniques. Fit them to
the problem. Keep your suitcase full of tools. Use them
Develop intuition. Learn to use all
parts of your brain, separately and as a whole.