⌄ Scroll down to continue ⌄

Fifty Phrases that Kill Creativity

⌄ Scroll down to continue ⌄
Fifty Phrases that Kill Creativity

You may be in this situation before. There are times when creativity is needed: Ideas are flowing, someone says a sentence like “We don’t have the time”, and flows stopped.

Dave Dufour developed a list called Fifty Phrases that Kill Creativity in the late 80s, to create an awareness not to kill off ideas – even if it is a bad one. As we hear on this saying – “bad idea generates good ideas”

Couple of common ones like:

# I don’t like the idea.
# I’m not saying you’re wrong but…
# You’re two years ahead of your time.
# Now’s not the right time.
# It isn’t in the budget.
# Can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
# Good thought, but impractical.
# Let’s give it more thought.
# We’ll be the laughingstock of the industry.
# Not that again.
# Where’d you dig that one up?
# We did alright without it before.
# It’s never been tried.
# Let’s put that one on the back burner for now.
# Let’s form a committee.
# It won’t work in our place.
# The executive committee will never go for it.
# I don’t see the connection.
# Let’s all sleep on it.
# It can’t be done.
# It’s too much trouble to change.
# It won’t pay for itself.
# It’s impossible.

There are fifty more. Have you heard of anything that stop you to brainstorm for an idea in a meeting?

Fifty Phrases that Kill Creativity – [Dave Dufour]

More by this author

Leon Ho

Founder of Lifehack

11 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Complete any Task in New Year
Interview with Tim Ferriss of The 4-Hour Workweek – Part 1
Book summary: A Technique for Producing Ideas
10 Ways to Extend Laptop Battery Life
Bob Parsons on His 16 Rules for Survival

Trending in Communication

1 How to Start Living in the Moment and Stop Worrying 2 Online Dating as a Single Parent: How to Get Responses 3 Empathy VS Sympathy: What Are The Key Differences? 4 5 Signs You May Be a People Pleaser and How To Stop 5 10 Tips For Dating A Single Parent

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising

Explore the Full Life Framework

Advertising
Advertising