The figure-it-out-skill: Part 2

In my last post, I introduced the figure-it-out-skill. The central skill you need to master the challenges of a start-up because for many problems in a startup solutions do not even exist. You have to figure out, the “what”, the “why” and the “how”.

To master the figure-it-out-skill, we need be aware of certain obstacles that lead us to something I call pseudo-solutions. They actually interrupt the process of figuring out and we accept the pseudo-solution as a solution.

Humans develop routines to minimize brain activity as an act of self-preservation. Using already accumulated routines, each of us can probably suggest to every problem at least one solution. However, this behaviour is jeopardous, when you are navigating uncharted sea.

Knowing a solution, does not mean, it is the right one.

It’s pretty obvious. Something that worked in the past may work in future, but the probability decreases because the context changes. Understand this: we innovate or test new ideas to because we somehow negate present state (of knowledge) and want to change the status quo. So if we are passionate about this kind of change, we should be beware of solutions you already know because they worked out in the past. They might be ineligible in future.

Talking about solutions, will not solve the problem.

I assume that we mix up words with the real world in our brains. And then wait for results from words. Words don’t move, action does!

Talking is not any better than wishful thinking. So, the best way to start is to stop wishful thinking and stop talking. Start studying a problem that interests you using an optimistic attitude. Don’t let your actions get paralyzed by words or even big ideas we like to talk about.

Enforcing any solution, is not about problem solving.

Instead of figuring out what is really going on, the solution is enforced again and again. Most of the time the context rejects solutions of these unimaginative fellows, who are obsessed with their top-down mentality. No room left for new ideas. The uniqueness of the context is disregarded.

When a solution is enforced then it’s more about power and not about solving a problem. Imagine how boring a world would be if there would be a quick fix for anything.

Figuring out the solution.

If you don’t accept fast pseudo-solutions than you will likely find fulfilment in problem solving; and this will be your unique and personal experience.

To me, the level of mastering the figure-it-out-skill is directly correlated with the depth of understanding a problem. The more you understand the problem with its causes, present and future implications, the better you can figure out the right solution and test it. Understanding the problem does not mean focusing on it. It is a constant and creative shift from understanding the problem and finding not any, but the right solution.

The figure-it-out formula 😉

Figure-It-Out-Skill ∝ Ability to Understand the Problem

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