Creating my brain exercises has been an eye-opener for me. my first discovery was when I asked a maths’ teacher to share some of my numbers brain exercises with his students. He was not surprised that many of them became frustrated because they did not want to think; they were expecting answers at the press of a button or could find the answer on the Internet.
The format of some of my early word exercises was changed because I found out that there was a website that you can find the answers if the letters were 15 or less.
Since my offering of a free heart to the first person to answer a sentence exercise correctly, I have been receiving emails of how difficult the exercises were; and so far I have offered two exercises and received only one correct answer for the first exercise and three for the second, plus one out of four words correct.
One of the correct answers came from the dean of a charter school in the USA whose intellect I respect; his comment was that people do not think outside of the box and gets frustrated easily. That little electronic mobile device is placing our brains on ice. Most schools are also doing poor job of solving the challenge. I almost responded to the teacher remarks by telling him it was his job to inspire the kids.
How To Think Outside The Box
Do not entertain the obvious. I have devised a system called the 360 of learning. Broaden your thinking; I was able to establish that because of some challenges I created for myself in ceramics; I wanted to create irregular shapes on the ceramic wheel in order to speed up production. To this day customers and other ceramic artists cant figure out how I create birds and fish on the potters wheel or create wheel-thrown closed shapes with a tunnel through the shape that is sealed.
First you must create a routine before thinking. Take a walk in the park, go for a swim but create that space, I remember the Icelandic writer who always goes to one house and takes a nap before writing
As a high school student, I would climb a tall tamarind tree so that no one could see me, and enjoy the loneliness of the space.
Entertain several ideas even if some may sound foolish to you, all things are possible do not limit yourself.
Thinking in the quietness of sleepalmost a form of dreaming -awake but not awake; some of my best ideas are formulated during my sleep, I go to bed with the subject matter in my head; this is a form of daydreaming but I find it more powerful at night but you have to get up and jot down your ideas.
The Internet is full of everything, If you are serious about creativity, You must learn to think outside the box.
Just Google -How to think outside the box- and browse.
Here is an altered exercise I found on medium.com that will help you think outside the box.
I use numbers instead of dots.
The puzzle was taken from a 1914 book Sam Lloyd called the Cyclopedia of puzzles.
Link all nine numbers using four straight lines or fewer, without lifting the pen or pencil without tracing the same line more than once.to join all the numbers
1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9