Career Advice: Think Like A ChildPosted: 24th of August 2015 by
When it comes to work we are always told to stay business-like and mature, and of course this is generally a good idea. Playing up, throwing tantrums, or engaging in other types of childish behaviour generally won’t help your career, but could there be an instance when the tables are turned, and thinking a bit more like a child could be beneficial? We don’t mean breaking down into tears because someone ate the last chocolate muffin in the office, but rather using a child-like way of thinking and learning to find solutions to problems.
If you have any younger siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, or other family members you will probably see them as being like little lunatics. It’s true, small children do have an odd way of seeing and interacting with the world when compared to the so-called rational minds of adults. Yet it is this very open and innocent view of the world that you can try to tap into. While children may think in an illogical manner, they are also not blinkered by the preconceptions that adults carry with them, Children tend to have a much simpler outlook on the world with less of the nuances and often self-imposed restrictions we learn to place on ourselves and our thoughts as we get older.
Having fun and asking questions is a big part of being a child, and you can take these ideas into the workplace too. By dropping your preconceived views of a problem you can come up with a more creative solution. Plus, this is not just a flight of fancy, this seemingly regressive train of thought has been scientifically proven to work!
Researchers at North Dakota State University in the U.S.A. took two sets of college students and asked them what they would do if they had a day off. However, one group was told to think as if they were seven-year-olds. Hundreds of students were asked and the results consistently proved that those who thought like they were still 7 regularly came up with more creative answers.
Removing the inhibitions and preconceptions of adulthood can allow you to see a problem in a different light, or even approach something more creatively. There is also an honesty in children that is buried away as we grow older.
Of course, this child-like creativity needs to be tempered with the realities of adult working life. There may be budgets to consider, for example. Balancing the creative thinking with some down-to-earth realism is the key here. Don’t get carried away by your fantastical thoughts, but do allow yourself the opportunity to let them come to you before you whittle them back down to a realistic plan. Bringing the two together can deliver creative yet business-savvy solutions.
So, next time you are faced with a problem or a challenge at work, especially where you may need a creative answer, why not just ask your 7-year-old self what to do?
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