Problem Solving

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Don’t panic

start small and keep it simple

a complex problem? the solution is to keep it super simple.

The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time

Even taking just one walk, preferably outside, has been proven to significantly increase creativity

Find inspiration in progress, not problem solving.

When things start going wrong, don’t forget to fly the plane.

Impossible = lack of motivation/determination/imagination

“A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.” – Charles Kettering

Toyota Production System

The best approach is to dig out and eliminate problems where they are assumed not to exist.

Stop the line, so the line never stops.

The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. ” – Henry Ford

genschi gembitschu

Go see yourself


first try to understand

ask a lot of questions

a simple example

a simple solution



Things never work the first time. Stick to an idea and keep evolving it.

“No great thing is created suddenly.” – Epictetus


Inversion — many hard problems are best solved when they’re addressed backward.

Think backward

marginal utility

bias for action

sperm and egg


why why why why why

Modern Media Is a DoS Attack on Your Free Will


functionality is more important than fancy code

plan before trying to build something

take frequent short breaks

don’t be deceived by complexity

complex is the sum of many simple steps

attention traps is like bacteria

marketing lines

slot machines



don’t ignore the emotional price

not all costs are financial

time, money, attention are all limited resources

Have that difficult conversation.

Listen without defensiveness when they criticize you.

Name the elephant in the room.

Get rejected.

And feel it all. Feel the anticipation of the risk. Feel the pre-risk cringe. Then, during the risk, and after, take a deep breath and feel that too.

You’ll become familiar with those feelings and, believe it or not, you’ll start to enjoy them. Even the ones you think of as unpleasant. Because feeling is what tells you you’re alive.


The secret: These universities are not selling education, they are selling membership in an exclusive club.

What’s the secret? She simply and sincerely gets excited about things, regardless of social norms or arbitrary measures for success.


Rich man in the car paradox.

Earned success and deserved failure fallacy

have a goal?

set a date and have a plan







Why is this a problem?

Is there an easier way?

What makes it hard to solve?

Does it have to be solved?

Does it have to be done this way?

Can you cut the knot ?




How to explain to a 6 year old

help yourself

Put your own oxygen mask on first.

“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” – Will Rogers

hard problems demand imagining easier versions, not spinning wheels

February 9, 2020