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We get comfortable, complacent and conservative over time. We end up assuming that the way certain things are “always” done is the “only” way to do it. That’s when our world shrinks and starts to yellow and fray on the edges. A few years later we wonder why we don’t enjoy things as much as we used to. Those are the times when we need a “whack on the head” to wake us up! In some Zen temples in Japan that’s exactly what the Master delivers to wake up the student. Here we’ll just invite you to spend a few minutes with…
Introducing, Mr. Jim Cripps who invented backward bowling. It’s amazing. What creativity! What incredible audacity to reinvent a game whose basics have been settled a long time ago. And yet… here we are! Looking at a very familiar game as though we’ve never seen it before…
THE LESSON is… never settle for the “obvious” since that may not be the best way to do it. Stay hungry and push a little at the edges because you never know… the “ridiculous” idea of today could be the norm of tomorrow.
“Is this the only way to deliver this content to my targeted audience?”
“Is this the proper software-hardware system to complete this task?”
“Did we talk to the end user if this content is needed in the first place?”
“What if we tackled this task backwards? How would we define ‘backwards‘ within the content of this project?”
What other Whack On The Head questions would you ask in your own field, within the context of your current project?