Finding Solutions in Life or at Work

Here’s a few tips on solving problems at home or work.  Or, these may just be tips on how to be better at whatever it is you choose to do.  I’m not sure which.

  1. Never say “It’s not my problem” or “I don’t have time.”
  2. Listen 20 times more than you speak.
  3. Spend more time defining the box than trying to think outside of it. (P. Trunk)
  4. Narrowly define the basic conflict that creates the problem.
  5. Decide what a good solution looks like or sounds like.
  6. Believe nothing you hear and half of what you see. (D. Bell)
  7. Gather and synthesize meaningful information and relevant data.
  8. Research other industries, cultures, technologies, and ideas.
  9. Hang around smart people and listen.
  10. Constantly compare the information you gather to the basic conflict.
  11. Make time to sit and think.
  12. Doodle your ideas on paper.
  13. Don’t give up.
  14. Don’t give up.
  15. Don’t give up.


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