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7 Habits That Can Help You Think Like a Scientist

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7 Habits That Can Help You Think Like a Scientist
Persistence is probably one of the most admirable characters a person can possess. It's the ability to be determined to do or achieve something regardless of any setbacks. No great achievement is possible without persistent work. - Bertrand Russell A distinguishing attributes of those who succeed in life against those who don't is persistence.

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Learn From Failure

Learn From Failure

Scientists treat failure as a data point. It’s also how they treat positive results. Data points eventually lead to an answer.

Treat your failures as data points that steer you toward the correct answers.

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The Goal Is A Creative Solution

  • In order to solve a problem, you have to be able to stand back, observe it and define it. 
  • The next step is to then rephrase it to make it easier to solve. For example, don’t ask yourself how to increase your productivity; instead ask how you can make your job easier. 

Once you’re able to change your way of addressing the problem, you’re going to be more likely to find a creative solution.

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Challenge Assumptions

Assumption = something that is taken for granted.

Scientists like to challenge conventional thoughts and turn those ideas upside down. They do it by experimenting with the assumption and then testing it to see if the results prove it to be true. Do the same thing with your basic assumptions about your work or personal life.

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Eliminate Bias

If you have an idea for a solution, and you want to test it first, you must figure out a way that eliminates any bias you have toward that solution before you can get any true results.

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Constantly Ask Questions

Constantly Ask Questions

Like a curious child or scientist, you have to continue asking questions yourself if you want to keep learning. It’s impossible to know what answers your looking for until you know what questions to ask.

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Collaborate With Others

Collaboration is the practice whereby individuals work together as a group with a common purpose to achieve a shared goal. 

 Collaboration is how ideas are bounced off of other minds for feedback and suggestions.

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Communicate Your Results

Scientists often find solutions after knowing the findings of other scientists’ experiments.

In business, by sharing your results with your colleagues, you are helping to better your organization because others can use that information to improve their results.

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What Perspective Taking Is

It’s the ability to take on someone else’s point of view when thinking.

By taking yourself out of the equation, the motivations of your opponent becomes clearer. And by understanding the othe...

Develop perspective taking

  • Put aside your feelings so that you can concentrate only on the other person’s perspective.
  • Use open ended questions that can help you draw out the interests and motivation that the person may not be verbalizing.
  • Be clear about your own position and the weaknesses it has.
  • Remove any personal intentions you may have, so as not to project them on to the other person.
  • Using what you know about the person, their background, their mood, their intentions and expectations,  imagine how they are seeing the current situation.
  • Validate their position by paraphrasing back to them what you think their position is.

Using perspective taking

When you break it down, almost every aspect of business involves an element of negotiation. 

By honing your perspective taking skills, you are much more likely to come up with solutions that are acceptable to all parties.

Defining breakthroughs

Breakthroughs are those moments in time when the impossible becomes possible.

If anyone wants to thrive in any area of their life, they have to reach a point of breakthrough where they...

Your strategies

These are the shortcuts that help people get more done in less time. 

Don't rely on luck, build your strategy. Luck is what you do for a day or a week, strategies are what make it consistently happen for decades. 

Your story

We all have stories, those narratives we tell ourselves about why we can or cannot do or achieve something in our lives. Whether we believe we can or can’t, we’re usually right, because our expectation controls our focus, perceptions, and the way in which we feel and act.

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The Real Career Landscape

The Real Career Landscape
If you can figure out how to get a reasonably accurate picture of the real career landscape out there, you have a massive edge over everyone else, most of whom will be using outdated convention...

The career pitfall

Careers used to be kind of like a 40-year tunnel. You picked your tunnel, and once you were in, that was that. You worked in that profession for 40 years or so before the tunnel spit you out on the other side into your retirement.

Today’s career landscape isn’t a lineup of tunnels, it’s a massive, impossibly complex, rapidly changing science laboratory. 

Why Career-path-carving is important.

Time. A typical career will take up somewhere between 20% and 60% of your meaningful adult time.

Quality of Life. Your career has a major effect on all your non-career hours.

Impact. Whatever shape your career path ends up taking, the world will be altered by it.

Identity. We tell people about our careers by telling them what we are.