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August 30, 2016

Let me introduce you to a genius...Richard Feynman! He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 for his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics.

When I first read the book, 'You Must Be Joking Mr Feynman!' I was laughing out loud. He was a real prankster! Unlike what we think about scientists, he was a playful genius who could mingle with students and have fun as well.

And on the other side, he would pose questions which would make them think deeply.

When he was invited to address students at Caltech (Lectures On Physics), he asked a mind-stimulating question:


“If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed,
and only
one sentence passed on to the next generations of creatures,
what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words?..."


Now friends, when I read about this discussion, I took the challenge. As a creative coach, what would be my statement to pass on? Just one statement.

Here is my statement:
"Think beyond your first good idea, stretch your limits till it hurts, ask for help!"

I feel it will help the future creators. It has all the cues for a flourishing creative society.

Now, it's your turn. You could be a CEO or a professor. Marketer or an HR specialist. Or an Engineer...Whatever might be your area of expertise, if you have only one statement to pass on to the next generation, what will it be?

I am eager to know what you think. Your comments will add a lot of value to all of us.


Puneet Bhatnagar is a Creativity and Innovation trainer at and co-founder at Creativity Mission India. Share the article to spread the good word.


About the author 


Puneet Bhatnagar is a business innovator, creativity and innovation coach. He is a columnist and author who writes on creativity and innovation.

He has trained 1000's of people from all walks from life--From CEOs, CFOs, R&D experts, Engineers, Marketing and Advertising experts, News editors...And combat fighters too!

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