Make a list of all the things that you know and then burn it. Watch the barriers to finding new solutions to your old problems go up in smoke. Now experimentation can begin.
In his latest soon-to-be hit book, How to Think Like a Freak, written with economist Steven Levitt, award-winning author and journalist Stephen Dubner takes you through the best strategies for achieving great things. Champions, it turns out, experiment. That's how they discover their winning methods--through trial and error, and redefining their problems.
Perception is the greatest challenge that we face. And we can best mute our assumptions if we take on an attitude of experimentation: leaving ourselves open to new ideas and new insights. That is the only way major breakthroughs happen.