Ideation

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You are fascinated by ideas. What is an idea? An idea is a concept, the best explanation of the most events. You are delighted when you discover beneath the complex surface an elegantly simple concept to explain why things are the way they are. An idea is a connection. Yours is the kind of mind that is always looking for connections, and so you are intrigued when seemingly disparate phenomena can be linked by an obscure connection. An idea is a new perspective on familiar challenges. You revel in taking the world we all know and turning it around so we can view it from a strange but strangely enlightening angle. You love all these ideas because they are profound, because they are novel, because they are clarifying, because they are contrary, because they are bizarre. For all these reasons you derive a jolt of energy whenever a new idea occurs to you. Others may label you creative or original or conceptual or even smart. Perhaps you are all of these. Who can be sure? What you are sure of is that ideas are thrilling. And on most days this is enough.

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You are a creative person, and you appreciate originality.

You like free-thinking experiences such as brainstorming and discussion groups.

You love new ideas and concepts.

At times, it may seem like you get lost in the world of ideas, and others may think you are a daydreamer.

Your role in a group may be to brainstorm new and creative possibilities. With your abundance of ideas, this approach can be more exciting and more productive for your group.

If you get bored quickly, think about how you can expand your world - your social network, your academic opportunities, and your community involvement.

You have a natural capacity to consider issues from multiple perspectives. Because you see what others cannot, it's important for you to make it clear when you brainstorm that you are laying out a diversity of perspectives to consider, rather than that you are committed to a certain one.

You have a high rate of creative productivity in your life. Partner with Strategic or Futuristic talents to help you hone these ideas into even higher levels of creativity.

Keep an idea journal. When an idea comes to you, write it down and list the actions you can take to make it happen. This constructive step can energize you.

Because ideas come to you so easily, you might not recognize how valuable they could be to others. Work to communicate your ideas effectively to inspire others.

Partner with Intellection, Maximizer, Analytical, Discipline, or Achiever talents to harness all your ideas and turn the best ones into reality.

Take on leadership positions in projects that will allow you to share several ideas and use your creativity.

Take on an independent research project in which you can generate and explore numerous ideas.

Work with a professor in developing a research project, and contribute your creative abilities. You probably will have many ideas to offer.

Your mind may wander. You can use this to your advantage by letting your thoughts flow freely in class, as long as you think about the subject you are studying.

As you read an idea, use it as a stimulus for your own further thought and creativity.

As you study, think of different concepts, and invent new ways to present the materials in writing or in graphics. This will invigorate your mind as well as the minds of others.

Allow yourself ample time for thinking. If you rush through a reading assignment, you are less likely to be engaged with it.

Brainstorm with your friends about topics you are studying. Let your mind go wild, knowing that you can sort through the ideas later.

Surround yourself with friends who are responsive to listening as well as probing you about your ideas.

Choose a mentor who has the courage to support you in your ideas and who will also challenge you to explore them even further.

You love to generate ideas. Find a partner who would enjoy helping implement your ideas.

Choose classes that involve creative projects rather than simple exams and term papers.

Some classes might not seem to encourage creative expression because of their subject matter. Recognize that you can use your Ideation talents to create new and stimulating ways to learn.

Select classes taught by professors who enjoy diversity of ideas.

Join a group that values and stimulates creative ideas.

Involve yourself in a project that allows you to use your creative talents, such as general writing, news magazines, newspapers, journals, graphics, or painting.

Help revive a struggling group. You will have several ideas to restore life into the group. Also consider starting a totally new group and generating several ideas about projects in which it might become engaged.

Ideation talents are all about creativity. Freely imagine yourself on graduation day - and five years after that. What are you doing? How did you create the opportunity?

Brainstorm all the possible careers that could fit your talents. Check them out online or in an occupational handbook for details, then picture yourself in each one. Which one fits best?

Environments that reward your creativity and give you the time, space, and freedom to experiment and dream will bring out your best. Often these environments are fast-paced and freewheeling, allowing you to run your ideas past others on a daily basis.

Avoid environments that box you in with routines or that expect precision or attention to detail. You will invest significant time and produce results without constant supervision.

Select an organization where the leaders encourage and solicit your divergent thinking, stimulating them to consider some new approaches. You will be able to find new and better ways of doing things within the organization, and you may be of assistance in strategic planning exercises.

Consider careers in which creativity seems to be important. Talk to strategic planners, consultants, market researchers, designers, or people in advertising to find out what they enjoy most about their work.