Try to apply the solution you found to a different problem.

When we fail to solve a problem, we can react to it in two ways. We could either identify where we went wrong, fix it, and try again. Or, we can see if the solution we arrived at can be used to solve a different problem. By doing this, we can put the time and effort spent on creating the solution to good use.


  1. Recall a time when you came up with the wrong solution to a problem you were trying to solve.
  2. Make a note of the characteristics of your answer and see if it may solve another unrelated problem instead.
  3. If you can’t think of a problem that can be solved by your solution, then make a note of the characteristics you identified.
    In the future, if you come across a problem with the same characteristics, you could try out this solution again.


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