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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
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.
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
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.
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
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