Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?

“If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”

Albert Einstein famously said this.

Quite often we have a (great!) idea and then we want to find a problem to which this idea is a solution. Or we see a problem, and immediately jump to solving that specific problem.

It is very worthwile however to spend more time seeing if you can dig a little deeper.

Take a look for example at this Dilbert comic (it’s the first one, but actually a lot of the other ones are funny too :-))

A great way of digging a little deeper is to ask “Why?” a couple of times. There are many examples to find if you google for five times why, but probably my favourite example is in a Youtube video about the Jefferson Memorial.

The problem they have is that the stone exterior was deteriorating. The first solution they thought of was using expensive paint and coating, but this was too expensive. Think for a bit why the stones could be deteriorating, and ask a couple of more why’s. The ultimate solution is very easy, and saves a lot of costs!

Practicing this a lot in your own work and life can help you become a better factbeast!

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