Creativity Hack #14: The Paper Clip Test

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14. Take the Paper Clip Test. One of the best exercises I know to help jumpstart your creative juices is something called the paper clip test. It’s quite literally one of the easiest ways to think differently (known as divergent thinking in meta-cognition circles). Take a simple paper clip. What can you do with it? I know, I know… you can clip papers together, or you can reset a smoke detector, or… well… that’s about it. Or is it?

Come up with as many ideas as you can— nothing is off limits! It turns out most people can only think of about 10-15 ideas. But not you. You’re reading this book. You’re tuned in to strengthening your creative muscle. You’re building a creative tribe. So what can you do? It’s no surprise that kids do a better job at this than the average adult, but you’re not average.  By the way, I’ve seen some people come up with as many as 200 uses! Give it a go! It’s a great way to open up your creative thinking and apply it to any project you’re struggling with.

And YES. That image is a life-size statue made of paper clips! #ftw

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