Get All Access for $5/mo

The 7 Qualities of Creative Thinkers Do you possess the qualities of the most creative thinkers?

By Brian Tracy

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

According to Entrepreneur Network partner Brian Tracy, creative thinking requires that you continually dig deep into yourself to generate more, newer, better, faster, cheaper and different ideas that you can use to improve the important parts of your life. In order to do this, you'll need to tap into seven common qualities of creative thinkers, starting with an intense curiosity.

Creative thinkers start by asking "Why?" the way children do all the time. Then they ask "Why not?"

Next, creative thinkers practice zero-based thinking. They continually ask, "If I were not doing what I am doing, knowing what I now know, would I start?"

When you begin to ask these questions and practice one or more of these qualities, you prove to yourself that you are truly a genius, and you simultaneously disprove the negative hypothesis.

Related: What Is Your Frog? This Exercise Will Help You Rid Yourself of Mental Roadblocks.

Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the business genre.

EN is partnered with hundreds of top YouTube channels in the business vertical. Watch video from our network partners on demand on Roku, Apple TV and the Entrepreneur App available on iOS and Android devices.

Brian Tracy

Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, Speaker and Author

Brian Tracy is chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International. He is the leading coach on the topics of leadership, self-esteem, goals and success psychology. Learn more at BrianTracy.com

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

More from Brian Tracy

The Personality Traits That Define a Successful Problem-Solver

Go From Unmotivated to Goal-Oriented With These Hacks

Successful Leaders Incorporate These Steps When Creating a Company Vision

Editor's Pick

Business News

How to Be a Billionaire By 25, According to a College Dropout Turned CEO Worth $1.6 Billion

Austin Russell became the world's youngest self-made billionaire in 2020 at age 25.

Living

Taylor Swift Has a Lucky Number. And She's Not the Only High Performer Who Leans Into Superstitions to Boost Confidence.

Even megastars like Swift need a little extra something to get them in the right mindset when it is game time.

Business Ideas

63 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.

Marketing

SEO Trends You Need to Be Aware of Right Now, According to a Seasoned Pro

Navigate the future of search engine optimization to elevate your online presence and drive meaningful engagement.

Health & Wellness

4 Habits I Cultivated to Become a Healthier, More Effective Entrepreneur

By the time I hit mid-life, some of my bad habits were becoming a risk to my long-term business goals — and my health. Here's how I was able to change them.

Franchise

Guide Fellow Entrepreneurs to Success with an Exit Factor Franchise

Exit Factor franchisees play a vital role in the entrepreneurial community. As a business advisor, franchisees offer valuable guidance, solutions, and expertise to clients seeking to improve their business for a future exit.