Set yourself up to fail to find success.

We sometimes focus more on the constraints of the problem than the actual problem itself. By removing the things that obscure the essence of the problem, we can get a much better idea of what is really required and what can be ignored. The solution without the constraints might not be the perfect one, but this solution will usually have some similar characteristics that will lead us to the correct solution.

Instructions

  1. Select a problem or issue that you have been struggling to solve.
  2. Remove the constraints that make up the problem.
    For example, if money is a valid constraint in the problem, try to solve the problem by taking money out of the equation.
  3. Look for an insight from this solution that you could use to find a solution within the constraints.
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