Logical reasoning can often turn a person away from success, rather toward it. We learned from Dr. Gates’s story that sometimes the best path to success and wealth is the more unconventional approach. Here’s more on that ….
The reasoning faculty is often faulty, because it is largely guided by a person’s accumulated experience. Not all knowledge, which one accumulates through “experience,” is accurate. Ideas received through the creative faculty are much more reliable, for the reason that they come from sources more reliable than any which are available to the reasoning faculty of the mind.
The major difference between the genius and the ordinary inventor may be found in the fact that the genius works through his faculty of creative imagination, while the ordinary inventor knows nothing of this faculty. The scientific inventor (such as Mr. Edison, and Dr. Gates), makes use of both the synthetic and the creative faculties of imagination.
When Knowledge Isn’t Enough
For example, the scientific inventor, or “genius,” begins an invention by organizing and combining the known ideas, or principles accumulated through experience, through the synthetic faculty (the reasoning faculty). If he finds this accumulated knowledge to be insufficient for the completion of his invention, he then draws upon the sources of knowledge available to him through his creative faculty. The method by which he does this varies with the individual, but this is the sum and substance of his procedure:
He stimulates his mind so that it works on a higher-than-average plane, using one or more of the ten mind stimulants or some other stimulant of his choice.
He concentrates on the known factors (the finished part) of his invention, and creates in his mind a perfect picture of unknown factors (the unfinished part), of his invention. He holds this picture in mind until it has been taken over by the subconscious mind, then relaxes by clearing his mind of all thought, and waits for his answer to “flash” into his mind.
Sometimes the results are both definite and immediate. At other times, the results are negative, depending upon the state of development of the “sixth sense,” or creative faculty.
Trusting Your Creative Faculties
Trusting the creative faculty can be difficult, as Napoleon Hill knew. We are so used to trusting “facts” by the time we are adults that the creative mind almost seems silly. Realistically, though, it is always that “out of the box” kind of thinking – the creative mind – that allows the few to fly higher than the many. Sounds like it’s time to give creative thinking a bit more of a chance!
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