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7 Habits That Can Help You Think Like a Scientist

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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7 Habits That Can Help You Think Like a Scientist

7 Habits That Can Help You Think Like a Scientist

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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  • 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.

Be Proactive

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Begin with the End in Mind

Start with a clear destination to determine your steps. Identify your values and live by them.

  • Visualize in detail your own funeral. What are they saying about how you lived your life, and your relationships? What do you want them to say? Change your priorities accordingly.
  • Break down different roles in your life - whether professional, personal or in a community. List 3-5 goals you want to achieve for each. 
  • Define what scares you and write down exactly how you'll handle it.
Go after your goals

Prioritize your day-to-day actions based on what is most important, not what is most urgent.

Be disciplined to follow these actions regardless of how you feel at any given moment. Maintain a primary focus on relationships and results, and a secondary focus on time.

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Open-minded

In being open-minded you find value in all kinds of different people, events and circumstances. 

You demonstrate a willingness to embrace different possibilities, opportunities, thoughts, views, suggestions and experiences outside of your normal repertoire. You push yourself to do what others believe to be impossible

Self-assured

This is the first step you take in getting things done.

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