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What if they laugh at me?

Laughter can also be used as a club to kill creativity. Our instinctive reaction to ideas that don’t conform to our expectations is to laugh at them. Consider how many laughs were created by these once-outrageous ideas:

Copernicus stated the earth revolves around the sun. Newton said there was some invisible force called gravity. Louis Pasteur claimed disease is caused by living creatures too small to see.

Laughter is a force that both relaxes and raises our guard against new ideas, against creativity. Like many things, it is how laughter is used that makes it our enemy or our help. Next time you laugh at an idea, make sure you laugh with sheer delight at its cleverness, not at it – or at the person who came up with the idea.

Break-Out Creativity, page 59.

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