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Reminds me of my own frantic tutorial pursuits at college. Humbled. Let’s think about paradoxes. Although paradoxes often trip us up, understanding contradictory scenarios, insights may actually be the secret to creativity. Life is a constant push & pull of various contradictory demands. Being dragged in different directions, simultaneously. Yet, counter-intuitive research suggests these challenges can work in our favour. Embracing opposing demands brings greater creativity, flexibility, productivity, adaptability. Dual constraints actually enhance performance, resilience, innovation.
A ‘Paradox Mindset‘. Creative thinkers actively conceive multiple opposites or antitheses, in parallel. Einstein contemplated how an object could be both at rest & moving depending on position of the observer. Ultimately, led to the relativity theory. Energy acts in both waves & particles – two states that exist simultaneously. Inspired quantum mechanics. Curiosity is sparked by contemplation of irreconcilable ideas. Apparent contradictions break down our assumptions, offer solution-oriented ways of thinking. Spots connections in diversity of thought, essential for creative thinking.
Toyota encourages paradoxes in corporate culture – dual goal of optimum cost & constant reform. Apple focuses on design innovation & extreme efficiency in operations. I simply note down paradoxes I encounter in daily life. Try to contemplate, imagine, visualise fresh ideas. Competing circumstances are often an opportunity for growth, stimulation. A paradox worth exploring.