Get better at solving problems

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 make the lesson stick, I want you to participate in a small experiment. I want you to stop reading for 30 seconds, get a …
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The Fruit Stand

What we think or what we know or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do. John Ruskin 1819 – 1900 In my family, one of the joys of summer is a day trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast. One place we always stop is a busy fruit stand with a dessert cafe in the rear. I particularly enjoy their locally grown peaches, and I’ve come to treasure this large, sweet fruit. But when we stopped one year, I was disappointed when I looked over the fresh peaches; they were about …
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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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