Have a magic trip

Every kid dreams with open eyes.

Well, I am not really sure if it works for everyone but I grew up by assuming it was a big downside. Besides being naive and suffering from a lack of attention, I spent a lot of time fixing the gaze on random objects while my head was floating in its imaginary world and friends often made fun of my “magic trips”. Weird? Yes. Rare? Probably not. The truth is that I never stopped to enjoy my magic trips and today I am doing it for living.

What is interesting is that John Kounios, co-author of the Eureka factor, scientifically proved that there are two ways to solve problems: analytically or insightfully. This means that your natural approach can define you as an “insightful” or an “analyst”. Analysts work through problems in a conscious methodical way and get the job done in a timely manner. On the other hand, the slightly reduced focus of insighfuls allows their minds to wander far afield and make connections among ideas that initially seem unrelated, hence their creativity. This means they can be less organised than analysts but at the same time they can find solutions that the first ones are not able to reach. Of course, the best option would be a combination of both, but starting to be conscious of your cognitive style allows you to improve your skills.

In short, it took me only 20 years to realise that having a magic trip was not too bad.

I learned that forcing creative people to think systematically can limit their best abilities. I found out that laughing about others ideas causes a lack of self-confidence and limits performances in every field. I had proof that great ideas can come from the most unexpected and dumb solutions. I think that nothing should be taken for granted because assumptions are subjective and every subject has a different opinion according to his/her personal experience, not on specific tests. And I strongly believe that passion, persistency, self-consciousness and a great open mindset make everything possible.