Verdict: HIDDEN SOLUTIONS ALL AROUND YOU is a thought-provoking and encouraging stimulus to creativity and effort, which may very well inspire new ideas and inventions.
Author, attorney, entrepreneur, and inspirational speaker, Daniel Castro explains why some people can look at perfectly ordinary situations and see opportunities that others miss. He addresses questions of perception and creativity, pointing out that looking for a solution to a problem like “How can we get places faster?” is more productive, and more likely to result in dramatic improvements, than seeking to improve an existing product, like a horse-drawn carriage. He also discusses the role of motivation, obsession, and love of one’s work, and encourages readers to find work they love that offers real value to others, to believe in that work, and be willing to put everything they have into it.
HIDDEN SOLUTIONS offers some useful guidance to those seeking to start a new business, develop a new product, and/or come up with new ideas. His writing is clear and energetic, with extensive use of personal examples taken from the lives of real people, and he peppers his writing with thoughtfully-chosen quotes that emphasize and enhance the text. The book is well-organized, and includes “thoughts to ponder” at the end of each chapter to summarize the main points. Additionally, he goes into concrete, instructional detail concerning the creative process, giving solid advice about how to stimulate the brain’s creativity, how to expand visual thinking abilities, how to pay attention to solutions that emerge for problems that weren’t even under consideration, how to know when to walk away from what isn’t working and towards what will, and how to pay attention to subconscious cues like dreams and daydreams.
HIDDEN SOLUTIONS ALL AROUND YOU is a thought-provoking and encouraging stimulus to creativity and effort, which may very well inspire new ideas and inventions.