There are different approaches to solving problems. Depending on how you view them; they may be issues that require resolve, questions that require answers or situations that require intervention. One that interests me is seeing problems as stepping stones to success. This approach opens the mind to the facts unavailable to many others.
Not everyone with a good sight has a clear vision, some lack vision because they have a blind mind having been in the penumbra of fear and ignorance, and carefully embracing comfort zones. These differences draw the line between everyone and the special ones (Creative Problem Solvers). Problem solvers and innovators are neither supernatural nor mysterious beings. They are individuals who have thought differently about their fears and that of others and decided to embrace the hard work that comes with non-conformity to traditional styles, threading new paths and taking risks.
Innovation does not always mean thinking ‘out of the box’, it could mean tapping into the vast array of knowledge and a plethora of ideas and experiences made available by other individuals who have threaded the same path, and coming up with an additional feature. Some of these ideas and information may be less relevant to the original owners, some of whom are ignorant or less aware of them. One man’s trash is another man’s material, one man’s word is another’s action and one man’s thought could be another’s tool.
It remains a thought as long as it stays in the mind. Thoughts become innovation when they materialize. Humans do not see intentions, they only see inventions, innovations, creativity and whatsoever products of your imagination. Creative problem solving can arise from non conformance to conventional thought patterns which lead to a paradigm shift in asking questions, defining problems and reasoning.
To solve problems, you need to clearly define them and then ask questions to provide lead. Correctly stating a problem or defining it in a manner that provides a clue for easy remembrance of related information from the memory facilitates creative problem solving. It may require ideas spinning from the memory of a subject in school, a joke by a friend, a message from a seminar, a discussion with a friend, a work or volunteer experience, a TV commercial or a combination of two or more of these or other variables not stated. The relevant variables will be determined by the problem statement which will in turn spur the right questions to mind, attract similar knowledge or experience from the memory. The link contributes to the brilliant idea.
“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than 5 minutes.”
Thinkers love to think, but sometimes, thinking can be hard work and stressful. For this reason, it is advisable to take some time off so as not to sink in the ocean of your problems. Remember, a little distraction or cooling off could lead to the ‘EUREKA!’ scream.
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