Want better answers? Improve your problem-solving skills

It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail. Abraham Harold Maslow 1908 – 1970 From time to time, everyone has problems. No matter how successful you think someone is, they still encounter setbacks. Most people take a somewhat limited approach to solving problems, and consequently, they don’t always get the best results. I’d like to share a better approach with you. But to drive the lesson home, I want you to try a quick experiment. I want you to stop reading for thirty seconds, get a pen …
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Snoopy and the snowman

For what is a man profited, if he should gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Matthew 16:26 This story is about Snoopy, the beagle in the Peanuts cartoon. In case you aren’t familiar with Peanuts, it’s about the lives of a group of young children, maybe six or seven years old. Snoopy is the main character’s dog, although he has as much personality and imagination as any of the children. There’s one cartoon from the 1970s that I remember well. The children had built a snowman, complete with carrot nose, coal eyes and a neck scarf. After …
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Can knowing the answer hurt you?

The questions you ask yourself determine the results you get in life. Keith Cameron Smith In school, we were taught to know the answer. And we were constantly checked to see if we knew the answer. There were periodic tests, exams, pop quizzes and, most dreaded of all, occasions when we were called on in class. So we’ve been thoroughly indoctrinated in the importance of being able to provide answers when asked. But I wonder, can knowing the answer hurt you? I’m sure your reaction is typical: how could knowing the answer possibly work against you? To illustrate the point, …
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