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Buck the Status Quo | Psychology Today


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BigHeads mentioned in this Psychology Today article by Robert Wilson that's all about "bucking the status quo."

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  1. 1. BUCK the Status Quo | Psychology Today 2/13/13 12:59 PM Can integrity be taught? Matthew Hutson Home Find a Therapist Topic Streams Get Help Magazine Tests Psych Basics Experts The Main Ingredient Previous Post Getting out of my comfort zone. Time Given to Innovation is an by Robert Wilson Investment in Your Future BUCK the Status Quo Sometimes you have to kiss “Tradition” good-bye Subscribe to The Main Ingredient Published on February 11, 2013 by Robert Evans Wilson, Jr. in The Main Ingredient Subscribe via RSS When we attend the movies we frequently engage in a willing suspension of disbelief, which enables us to accept implausible scenarios, and enjoy the show. It keeps us from yelling, “No way!” at the screen Robert Wilson is a writer and humorist based in Atlanta, Georgia. when revolvers fire more than six shots, when car thieves find the keys under the sun visor, and when more... a paperclip can pick any lock. Some people, however, don’t leave that ability at the theater door. Innovators willingly suspend disbelief - all the time. It enables them to imagine airplanes and telephones or Game Boys and Super Soakers. It frees them from the boundaries that contain most of us, so they can pursue ideas that others think are preposterous. As M. C. Escher, the artist famous for his drawings of impossible structures, put it, “Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.” One of the cardinal characteristics of creative thinkers is their willingness to abandon the traditional ways of viewing things. They question authority, and challenge the status quo. They ask questions, like: Why does it have to be this way? Why can’t it be that way? Some who have gone against the prevailing beliefs, have done so at their Related Articles own demise. Galileo famously went against the Catholic Church by Three Ways of defending the theory that the earth revolves around the sun instead of vice Celebrating the Death of Bin Laden versa. He was tortured and sentenced to life in prison for his differing Why Dont We Doubt views. Spider-Mans Existence? (2) Sometimes it’s necessary to go against the status quo. John Palumbo, "But what if Im THE whose company BigHeads Network which takes the concept of the The Main Ingredient ONE?" How Intolerance of creative mastermind group to a whole new level, explains, “You cant Recent Posts Uncertainty Makes you always rely on those predictable sources for ideas and inspiration.” To Anxious Sometimes you have to kiss Why do good things make his point he offers this statement from Henry Ford, "If I had asked my “Tradition” good-bye happen to bad people? customers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse." And How Not To Be a Bicycle. Ideas seldom occur without this However, innovators cannot always ignore the status quo. Change We Grow When Our critical commitment Life Sucks Management expert, Michaelene Conner, says, “The whole world has a problem with reframing especially when their ideas are tied into established beliefs, behaviors and assumptions. Culturally speaking. If you Exposure to Experience is the Source-Code for Creativity travel the road of adversity in a culture that is not aligned with your way of thinking... bottom line culture always wins.” To illustrate her point, she says Find a Therapist Let yourself be embarrassed — it’s that when he introduced the light bulb in 1879, “Thomas Edison thought Search for a mental worth it! health professional that there would be a negative initial reaction to his device because it was near you. so foreign to most peoples lives or frame of reference for how they did Page 1 of 3
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  3. 3. BUCK the Status Quo | Psychology Today 2/13/13 12:59 PM consultant. He works with companies that want to be more competitive and with people who want to think like innovators. Robert is also the author of the humorous children’s book: The Annoying Ghost Kid. For more information on Robert, please visit 1 Like 77 Tweet 5 StumbleUpon Subscribe to Psychology Today now and get a free issue! Have a comment? Start the discussion here! Tags: bigheads network, billy beane, burger king, car thieves, cardinal characteristics, catholic church, challenge the status quo, change management expert, creative mastermind, creative thinkers, creative thinking, earth revolves around the sun, federal express, frank gordy, fred smith, galileo, game boy, game boys, georgia tech, henry ford, impossible structures, innovation, innovative disruption, john eldredge, john palumbo, joyscream, kodak, life in prison, m.c. escher, mastermind group, mcdonalds, michaelene conner, moneyball, motivation, oakland athletics, paperclip, paul paetz, predictable sources, question authority, ransomed heart, reframing, sony, sun visor, super soaker, super soakers, suspension of disbelief, thomas edison, willing suspension of disbelief Follow Psychology Today: Twitter FaceBook About/Contact Therapy Directory Index Privacy Policy Healthprofs Index © Copyright 1991-2013 © Copyright 2002-2013 Sussex Directories, Inc. Site Help/Customer Buildingpros Index Sussex Publishers, LLC Service Terms of Use Page 3 of 3