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Imagination is more important than knowledge

Ideas in the creative economy are extremely valuable commodities.

More than ever before, the world relies on human creativity to solve the many problems we have created, combat the threats of nature, refine elements of function and style, and simply make life more enjoyable.  What is the source of ideas? Imagination. Einstein once said:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.  For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

I don’t believe Einstein is disregarding history or academics, but rather demonstrating that knowledge is actually the result of imagination.  If discovery precedes knowingness, then it’s often our curiosity and imagination that initiates the studies which reveal the very information and data we come to call “knowledge.”

Consequently, imagination is the beginning of creation.  Without it, we risk stagnation because knowledge in isolation merely reproduces past results (a rut many “knowledge-workers” fall victim of).

Perhaps, most importantly, imagination enables us to see things not as they are now, but as they can be – and this expands possibility.  Any significant step forward has been made by an individual or group inspired by imagination because progress requires innovation.

Be a Maverick!

– Kent

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  • Rahul Magan says:

    I always support the aforesaid facts on the Imagination . I think that it was the imagination that forced someone to think on the creation of a flyer machine (wright brothers).

    To earn knowledge you first have to imagine and then you have to work hard to make sure that your imagination was right in all directions.

    I am a maverick thinker and support Creativity, Innovation, Excellence and hence keep supporting the power of Imagination.

    “The Power of true Imagination is much bigger than any galaxy in the Universe “.

  • Anthony says:

    I agree with you Kent, the unfortuante thing is that knowledge workers and the companies we work for choose to favour the method of “do what worked last time” it is a safer bet and more likely to produce results althogh maybe not outstanding ones. The sad part is that individuals full of imagination dreams and hope are slowly worn down and told they are not pragmatic enough. ! Killing the creative spark that once lived.

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