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The Hiding Hand: A Lesson in How to Be Creative

By , Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Thanks to a recent Malcolm Gladwell piece in the New Yorker, I sat down today and read Albert Hirschman’s essay, “The Principle of the Hiding Hand.” It is a very interesting essay which posits that creative solutions most frequently come from adapting to tasks that turn out to be more challenging than we expect.

In Hirschman’s words, “men engage successfully in problem-solving (because) they take up problems with they think they can solve, find them more difficult than expected, but then, being stuck with them, attack willy-nilly the unsuspected difficulties – and sometimes even succeed.”

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