I am reading this fabulous book called Cracking Creativity. It talks, among other things, about Albert Einstein’s creative process. I saw this quote today and it got me thinking:
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”-Albert Einstein
That is the whole beauty of linear and creative thinking. Most people look for the first answer they can find – which may be that there is no answer. Creative geniuses keep coming up with answers and new ways to think about the problem until they have a breakthrough.
I don’t remember if it was Cracking Creativity or somewhere else that I read that Einstein and other creative geniuses got their major breakthroughs in a flash, but only after investing a large amount of effort into finding new ways to think about the problem. Most people think they labored on slowing finding a solution, but in fact the solution was not built piece by piece, but came all at once.