Few people can claim to have adopted a more unique approach to fulfilling their potential than the legendary Japanese inventor Yoshiro Nakamatsu, or as he is more widely known - Dr NakaMats.
In this article you will learn:
- How the world’s most prolific inventor comes up with his ideas.
- Techniques for boosting your own creativity.
- The importance of always carrying a pen and paper.
With over 3,500 patents to his name (a number greater than Thomas Edison, according to Dr NakaMats’ own business card), he’s clearly doing something right. A couple years back we sat down with the Dr to learn a bit more about exactly how he keeps the constant stream of original ideas flowing. Now in his 89th year and still going strong, despite recent health issues, he seems the perfect person to look to when exploring methods of bettering ourselves.
To read the full interview with the man responsible for the invention of the self-defence wig, jumping shoes and (allegedly) the floppy disc, click here. Otherwise, take two minutes to digest his rather unusual approach to creation...
As a man with a lust for new ideas, as well as clear vision on how to develop them into fully functioning products, Dr NakaMats is keen to share his insights in order to enable others to follow in his footsteps. "I have over 3,500 inventions, asking me which one is my favourite is like asking me to tell you which child is my favourite, it cannot be done," he claims. "What can be done is to come up with a way to make sure that everyone can have good ideas, this is my creativity process.
"I am 87 years old and over the years I have been able to come up with a theory that will enable even average people to have good ideas. People always seem to make the same mistakes, but if you follow my theory then anybody is able to become an inventor."
1. Enter a Calm Room
"Step one of the process is to enter a Calm Room. The Calm Room has no nails used in it, no metal things whatsoever. In this room you need to be able to erase all of the bad and old ideas, being in the Calm Room cleans my mind and prepares it for creativity."
Dr NakaMats' own Calm Room is said to be tiled with 24 karat gold, it also blocks television and radio waves, which can apparently hinder creative thinking. Once the mind is clear, it is time for stage two of the process.
2. The Dynamic Room
"The next stage is to enter the Dynamic Room. This room is completely sealed off and it is also soundproof, I will enter the room and listen to music which can help with the creative process. The Dynamic Room is dark, with black and white striped walls and special audio-visual equipment."
Dr NakaMats’ choice of music for the Dynamic Room is always jazz to start with, before moving onto Beethoven’s Fifth - which he believes is good music to reach conclusions to. He has also constructed his own speakers which can reach frequencies of between 12,000 and 40,000 hertz.
3. Go underwater
"One thing I have learnt is that oxygen is the enemy of ideas, so to come up with the best ideas you need to get away from it. By diving underwater and holding your breath you can come up with the best ideas, they will come to you when you are 0.5 seconds away from death."
To help with the recording of ideas during this time, Dr NakaMats has even invented waterproof paper and pencils, claiming "an idea comes instantly and disappears instantly".
These techniques might not chime with the garage-based Silicon Valley approach to creating a unicorn start-up, but with a lifetime of weird and wonderful inventions behind him who are we to argue.