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13 - Einstein Problem Solving "How To" Quote

Einstein has a quote that isn't world famous but it is one of the most powerful quotes I've ever seen in my life. This is the quote. "If I have 1 hour to solve a problem, I will spend the first 55 minutes defining the problem, and the last 5 minutes creating the solution." This quote is magical for many reasons, I will get into a few of them below.


The first thing I want to point out is that in order to make an impact in the world we must solve a problem. Zuckerberg solved the connection problem via the internet. Bezos solved several problems, one being shipping. Another being selling things online. By solving problems we can make the world better. This makes the world easier to live in and more enjoyable. When you solve problems you are putting yourself in the unlimited earning potential category. This is why these modern day problem solvers can make billions of dollars a year. But it's not all about money, and the Einstein quote illustrates this clearly.


The Einstein quote is all about solving a problem 110%. There are no shortcuts or ways to solve just half of. the problem. With the Einstein quote, the key is defining the problem. Understanding which parties are involved. Who is having the problem? What is going on? Where is it happening? Why is it happening? How is it happening? By asking these question and being thorough, you can understand the problem fully. By understanding the problem fully we can then find a solution. It's most likely that the solution will literally be jumping off the paper because we were diligent in understanding all the small details that were wrapped up in the problem or were hidden from plain sight.


Problem solving is not difficult. It is actually quite easy, but some problems are truly complex and require multiple ways of thinking about them that the majority of the problem solvers who try to solve the problem miss defining the whole problem. This results in half baked companies. Companies that help the people with money but not the people without money. Companies that have the for profit down but not the non profit side down. I recommend, once you think you've come to a solution of a problem. Spend a week trying to find all the negative aspects of the problem to tear it down. By doing this you will make your solution more robust. You will also develop a better understanding of you problem. By doing this, you will find some other ways of thinking about your problem that you had not thought of before. If you do this and you find a different angle or approach, then it will have been a success.


Problem solving is one of my favorite activities. So if you are working on solving a problem or would like help solving a problem, please don't hesitate to ask. By signing up for a slot to speak with me for an hour we can discuss your problem and give you the best solution going forward.

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