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Tinkering Can Lead to Creativity Insight and Innovation

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Many great discoveries are often made by tinkering. A formal definition of tinkering may imply fixing things; for example, a dictionary definition deems it an act “repair or improve something in a casual or desultory way, often to no useful effect”.

But tinkering likely has a profound effect on our future thoughts and creative output. Great inventions can be the result of accident discoveries, ranging from the creation of penicillin to Play-doh [1], but these serendipitous accidents are not just lucky breaks.

You need to be in the right place at the right time, around the right people, doing the right things, and that is often no accident.

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