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Think Like a Scientist: How to Solve Everyday Problems

Study the problem first

Study the problem first

Detectives and investigators use the process. They ask both obvious and unthinkable questions.

Get close and collect information about how the problem is manifesting.  Understand where the problem does and doesn’t happen, when the problem started, and how often the problem occurs to generate critical insight for the problem-solving effort.

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Albert Einstein

"If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minute..."

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First Principles Thinking
We normally use existing methodologies and analogies to solve problems, which is essentially short-cut thinking.
Engaging in 'First Principles Thinking' makes us discard existing knowledge, and get down to the essentials, exploring on our own and questioning everything. This uncharted terrain takes us to the absolute truth which we call the First Principle. When we understand the core of the problem, we can build creative and unique solutions.
    Using The First Principles Thinking

    The First Principles Thinking can be applied in our daily life:

    • Starting a business requires first principles thinking to build a fundamentally better product or service.
    • On a busy day, first principles thinking makes us do what's essential while not being bogged down with time constraints.
    • Applying the first principles toward good health will make us feel considerably better than obeying some diet or exercise routine that we hate.
    Practical ways to use First Principles Thinking
    • If you’re starting a business, use first principles to build a product or service that’s fundamentally better than the competition.
    • If your day is too busy, first princip...
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    Take the goal you didn’t achieve and try a different approach. Doing the same thing over and over to achieve your goal is the definition of insanity.

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    Being criticized

    You can’t please everybody that you meet in life.

    Critics are not all bad. You can learn things about yourself from them too. The solution is to learn from criticism, not be afraid of it.

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    See career challenges for what they are: an opportunity to try something different

    If your career never got messed up, then you’d probably stay in your comfort-zone for your entire life and never try something different.