Forced connections are the essence of creativity.

Most breakthroughs come by connecting things that are not usually considered connected, and many times those “forced connections” come when you take a step back during the Creative Problem-Solving process. New ideas need to come from places that you haven’t explored already, and these connections help that happen – especially when you might be stuck otherwise. In JD Meier’s article, he writes about my three-step process for developing forced connections:


  1. Consider the problem you are trying to solve.
  2. Pick an object or situation that is completely unrelated.
  3. Find or “force” a connection between the problem you are working on and the seemingly unrelated object