1. The ability to form mental images of things that either are not physically present or have never been conceived or created by others

what sets apart geniuses like Thomas Edison and Ben Franklin from the average person is their keen intellect and restless imaginativeness.

* Sorce: Merriam-Webster


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Three Types Of Imaginativeness Important In Entrepreneurship


Imaginativeness may be widely acknowledged as a vital entrepreneurial trait, but what exactly is it and what role does it play?


A new study has identified and assessed three separate types of imaginativeness – creative, social and practical – as important in generating valuable entrepreneurial ideas.


Researchers developed an “imaginativeness scale” and measured these three cognitive abilities in more than 500 people in the United States, ages 19 to 88, with varying degrees of entrepreneurial experience.


"We find that the three imaginativeness skills vary across individuals and that they predict new venture idea quantity and quality differently over and above the effects of motivation, knowledge, and experience," according to the study published this year in the Academy of Management Journal...

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