The Art of Perception 5
A problem is a terrible thing to waste. (Peter Diamandis)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“How can I solve this problem?”
“Before you set to working on a problem [Particular], work on your relationship with ‘problem’ as a concept [General].
What does ‘problem’ mean to you?
Does it have a positive or negative connotation?
You can work on beautifying its representation [<link; medium length].
The result can be something like this:
I call this a meaning-map.
The nodes in blue are values.
The nodes in pink are representations.”
“Can you explain it as a step-by-step process?”
Start from the central node and brainstorm on it, connecting it with your central values and coming up with meaningful representations for it – meaningful for you.
Then pass it through the 80/20 filter, selecting the 20% most powerful representations.
Work on internalizing those representations [Deliberate Practice] such that whenever you think ‘problem’, the representations automatically come to mind.”