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Idea 82: Widen your span of relevance

It is the function of creative people to perceive the relations between thoughts, or things, or forms of expression that may seem utterly different, and to be able to combine them into some new forms – the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.

William Plomer, English poet

For most of us, relevance means having a relation to or a bearing on the matter in hand or the present circumstances. In discussion, for example, a relevant comment, suggestion or idea has a traceable connection, especially a logical connection, with whatever is under consideration. Therefore it has significance in some degree for those who are engaged in such consideration.

In a court of law it is the judge’s responsibility to determine ...

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