How To Measure Your Creative Thinking Abilities

“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all.” – Edward de Bono

Not only is creativity one of the most important skills a man should possess, but it is also one of the most difficult to gain.  Thinking outside of the box requires concentration and constant exercise to remain strong.

As in anything, assessing your current status is the first step to improvement.  To help you in your self-assessment, I have found two classic brain teasers that have been used in job interviews to measure creativity.

Brain Teaser #1

Instructions: Copy the nine dots to a piece of paper.  Find a way to connect all nine dots using only four straight lines without lifting your pencil.  The lines can cross, but they cannot double back.

Hint: If you have trouble solving the puzzle, remember to think outside of the box.

Solution: You can see the solution here.

Brain Teaser #2

Instructions: As before, copy the nine dots to a piece of paper. Now that you can connect the nine dots with four lines, try connecting all nine with only one straight line.  Impossible?  Not quite, but it requires extra creative thinking.

Hint: Don’t be afraid to modify the box.

Solution: You can see the solution here.


If you succeeded in solving these two problems, congratulations!  You have strong problem-solving muscles.

If you did not succeed, it doesn’t mean that you are out of the race.  With a bit more exercise, you can build your creative skills.

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