Below is a mechanism that can somewhat reliably solve < 50% of all tough or seemingly intractable problems.

I learned this very simple tool during a CFAR workshop, and like to help proliferate it. It works as follows:

 

  1. GRAB A PEN AND PAPER.

  2. WRITE POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS TO YOUR PROBLEM FOR 5 MINS.

  3. ENJOY YOUR NOW MORE-LIKELY-THAN-NOT SOLVED PROBLEM.

Think About Solutions!

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