Coming up with original ideas — thinking outside the box, if you will — is hard to do, even for the highest-achieving among us.
"Flash Boys" author Michael Lewis says that Ivy Leaguers flock to Wall Street because that's where they can become high-status and uber-rich without needing to think of anything new.
If you, like the bankers Lewis calls out, need fresh ideas, turn to Quora. The discussion-heavy site has recently had a few threads loaded with insights on broadening your thinking.
Here are the best tips.
Start thinking about lateral thinking. "Lateral thinking is when an assumption that most people believe is true is challenged, leading to a new line of thought that would probably not have been considered otherwise," explains Anirudh Joshi. He suggests considering what folks thought about the PC when it first came out — a toy for geeks that wouldn't do anything helpful. But people who challenged that assumption and bet on the PC became legends: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and the rest.
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