If you can’t go over, go under
If you can’t get through, go around

If you can’t go right, go left

If you can’t get an angle,  take      
2 plates & make it

If you haven’t got the material,  go get it

If you can’t get it,   make substitutions

If you can’t find substitutes, improvise

If you can’t improvise   make an innovation
But above all…… get the job done

That’s unlearning for results


1.    Never give up by saying “We tried that
       before”. Examine how you can do the
       same thing but differently. You’ll be
       amazed what comes out

2.    Do not pass over an idea because you’ve
        never done it before. Often than not,
        that’s the idea you’re looking for

3.    Keep an open & flexible mind. No idea
        is closed to one

4.    Watch out for yourself saying “It works now, so why change?”. Change
       brings about growth & growth makes more things work

5.    Ask questions. Ask lots of right probing questions to obtain the right
       outcomes. Ask “Why not?” & “What if …?”. That way,  you won’t be
       among your competitors who will be “outgoing”

6.    Seize every opportunity to try out a new idea. Never mind if you fail.
       Learn to fail. In fact fail faster so that success will come sooner!

7.    Listen, look & observe things, people, sound, smells, taste around
       you. Pay attention to details & apparently trivia things

8.    Listen to the sound of music & imagine you’re Julie Andrews.  Let
       your heels come alive! Learn tap dancing, jazz, hip hop.
       Feel great & alive.

9.    Rewind your mind to a time when you had to go through a change.
       Play it forward & see what caused that change & how you felt.
       Record particularly all the little successes

10.   Smell the flowers on your way to work or on holidays

11.   Taste something you’ve not eaten before

12.    Feel the texture of a fruit like strawberry & then bite into it. Fall
         in love with it at first bite

13.    Catch a stand up comedy. Stand up & laugh like you’ve never
         laughed before. Come out with witty jokes

14.    Join a laughter club. Laughter is the best medicine. When you
         laugh your body releases a hormone called endorphins which
         make you feel real goooood

15.    Imagine yourself in someone else shoes. Indulge in your
         favorite fantasies – imagine you are a pop star or a famous
         magician or an astronaut or an explorer. How about being
        a trapeze artist?

16.    Look at old problems with new eyes. Put on brand new “glasses”
         Talk to someone who is not related to your line of work for a
        “fresh eye” or new & different perspective

17.    Rearrange the furniture. Redecorate your home. Make connections
         between ideas, things , people etc

18.    Get out of your comfort zone. Do something that you normally
         will not do. Reverse the order of things you normally do eg instead
         of watching TV at 6 pm do something else. Instead of playing
         sports, try dancing. Take a different route to work
         Try rock climbing or bungee jumping. Join a creative club.
          What about  learning to juggle ?

19.   Turn the tables on the mundane. Look for different activities in
         your life  eg change the design or arrangement in your bedroom,
         sitting room or  kitchen. Take up a cooking or baking course.
         Paint your home in unusual or bright cheerful colors

20.    Let the child in you come out. Be a child again - walk in the rain,
         build sand castles on the beach, paint, draw anything you like,
         go for fun tours, play with your pet, take a walk in nature

21.   Paint your dream in bright vivid colors. Add your favorite music.
        Picture your loved ones there with you. Collect & cut out
        pictures that represent your  goals & create a vision board
22.  Close eyes & imagine. Let your imagination soar. Put wings to
        elephants, scales to birds, legs to trees & cars with square wheels

23.  Have your quiet time where you can reflect & be at peace with
       yourself. Listen to baroque music, go for walks in the park or
       by the seaside, picnic by the waterfall, meditate. Try yoga,
       taichi or qigong