– A Surefire Way To Solve Problems, Every Time
How to problem solve. First, understand what a problem is. Knowing that, helps. As does listening for an insight. So acknowledge your problem – even think about it, for a while – but eventually… all you have to do is listen! Listen for an answer…
[Last updated: July, 2016 – post summary]
A Simple Guide to Creative Problem Solving?…
Let’s start, then, with 3 questions to test your problem solving skills:
- What IS a problem*?
- Where do problems come from?
- What’s the best way to go about solving problems?
So your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it, is to find ONE ANSWER to ALL three questions above. (And let me provide this visual interlude to help those problem solving brain cells of yours…)
Did that help at all, with the problem solve?
Got the single answer, then?
(I bet you don’t…)
How To Solve The Problem of Solving Problems
So this post is about how to problem solve.
It will feature some quotes about problems like the one above.
And it will help you with ‘solving the problem’ – whatever the problem is.
Somewhat riddle like, though, it is not going to explicitly provide you with problem solving skills – tips, techniques, and other blah-blah-tah belonging to a different time, place and (most likely) person.
Instead, it’s going to provide you with a creative problem solving website called EgoFatigo.com (see below) which, in turn, is going to hint at absolutely the best way to problem solve. But first, let’s pause a moment, and peruse…
How to Problem Solve: Quotations…
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.
– Robert Fulghum
Sometimes I get so caught up in my own problems that I forget how amazing the world is.
– Wendelin Van Draanen
After every storm, there is a rainbow. If you have eyes, you will find it. If you have wisdom, you will create it. If you have love for yourself and others, you won’t need it.
– Shannon L. Alder
Hmm, those 3 not-so-random problem quotations, I believe, point to both the source and solution of every problem. Here’s one more…
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
– Albert Einsten
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How to Problem Solve: Introducing EgoFatigo.com…
EgoFatigo.com is a problem-solving website that I created in 2006. It came into being for no other reason, really, than an experiment in what I might create with ‘nothing on it’. It was an act of creativity for the sake of it.
How Ego Fatigo works: Simply type in your question, and get an answer (wise quotation) randomly chosen for your answer. Voilà!
At the time I was quite impressed with my efforts. But EgoFatigo.com did not take the world by storm. The creative problem solving it ‘produced’ went un-noticed by most answer-seekers, went un-noticed by me.
I forgot about EgoFatigo.com, then. Not seen again. Gone.
Until earlier this week (Monday Aug 31st, 2015), that is. When, pretty much out of the blue, it occurred to me to tidy up the EgoFatigo.com web site (e.g. add Facebook and Twitter links – I did not know about Facebook and Twitter in 2006) and to promote it once more to the world.
For a couple of days I was completely energised with this small project. And it was fascinating, in a gentle way, to revisit an old creation of mine, to gaze again upon an earlier creation of mine.
Genuinely, I was impressed – I was impressed with 41 year old Steve.
I even used it for a ‘problem’ of my own:
Steve: “How do I get more transformative coaching clients?”
Lao Tzu: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
So How Does Ego Fatigo Work, Then, In Solving Problems?
A lovely new thing happened to me, too, this week.
I understood, for perhaps the very first time, how EgoFatigo.com actually works, how it helps people problem solve. I didn’t understand it in 2006 – before I’d created my SelfHelpCollective.com website (2008), and way before I’d decided to become a transformative coach (2013). But now I do.
So how does EgoFatigo.com work?
Ah, now that really would be telling wouldn’t it? And telling really isn’t how to solve problems.