An idea I picked up recently from Larry Page and Google X via the Singularity Crew is the concept of â€œ10x thinkingâ€.
Mostly, when people are trying to improve something, they aim for a 10% improvement. Setting your target at 10% will get a 2% to 5% improvement, if you’re lucky.
The culture that Larry Page has tried to instill in Google is based on 10x thinking, or â€œhow can we create something which is 10 times [1000%] better than the status quoâ€. With an aim like this, improvements of two to five times suddenly become much more feasible.
The claim is that 10x thinking is actually easier than 10% thinking, because it allows you to start without the legacies and assumptions of the status quo, a blank slate where anythingâ€™s possible.
In conclusion, create a discipline of looking for 10x improvements in the things around you, the results could be quite surprising.
Further reading on 10x thinking:
Fast Company 2014-10: Why Your Realistic Goals Are Holding You Back
Wired.co.uk 2013-03: Big Ideas: Google’s Larry Page and the gospel of 10x
Wired.com 2013-02: Google X Head on Moonshots: 10X Is Easier Than 10 Percent