I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.

Two very important tenets of building a profitable practice are critical thinking and creativity. When building a profitable practice, you must be both creative and think critically. Critical thinking and creative thinking go hand-in-hand.

Critical thinking lets you look objectively at a problem, issue, object or person and take into consideration the entire picture. Creativity enables you to take that entire picture and look at it in a new way. While some may think of critical thinking as more scientific, while creative thinking is more abstract, they are actually more alike than they are different. 

The creative person is likely to be seen as imaginative and highly sensitive, such as artists, writers, and philosophers. A critical thinker is likely to be thought of as a scientific genius who may be skeptical and lacking in imagination and creativity. However…

Critical thinking and creative thinking are both masters of the thought process.

The reasoning process of critical thinking shows imagination to be able to proceed to the next level. Critical thinking is present in creativity by carrying the thought process further than critical thinking, logic, and presenting it in a creative light. Great critical thinking minds such as Thomas Edison and Benjamin Franklin, could never have brought their inventions to light without the streaks of creative thinking that took them beyond the realm of logic.

Here are some attributes that are similar in both critical and creative thinkers:

1.     Interested in exploring new possibilities.

2.     Challenge assumptions and standard ways of thinking

3.     Imagining alternatives to a situation or problem

4.     Have multiple perspectives on everything

5.     Use trial and error experimentation methods

6.     Thinks about new ways of doing things

The phases involved in creativity and critical thinking are also similar. For example, both types of thinking are triggered by a thought or even that takes the thinking process outside the realm of common thinking. Then the thoughts are appraised and clarified, opening the door for ways to explore the thought and how to present it to others.

This leads the way to developing alternative ways to think and then implementing the thinking process through inventions, writing, art, or ideas. Both types of thinking also require a large measure of self-confidence in the ability to think of and present multiple ways to view the situation or problem. 

To promote both critical and creative thinking, a person should have an inquiring mind that drives them to read, to engage in out-of-the-box thinking, and to try things that are outside of what they would usually do.

Critical thinking and creative thinking can complement each other, while bringing new ideas and ways of thinking into your life.

I am Dr. Hassan, Board- Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own independent practice so that they can achieve financial independence without limits. Please go to businessofrehab.com/guide to pick up the free guide to help you determine the best of business entity for your new practice.


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