Attack the Problem … with a Monkey Wrench

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A problem is a terrible thing to waste. — Peter Diamandis 

We don’t want to have to overcome unnecessary hurdles. But . . . we need to gain a bit more appreciation for the unexpected advantages of having to cope with a little mess. — Tim Harford

The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings. — Wendell Berry

Saying “I feel stuck” is never true and it’s also unhelpful. In reality, a single part of my life or business feels stuck and if I can define it more specifically, it becomes easier to get out of. — Taylor Pearson

Problems are guidelines, not stop signs! — Robert Schuller

I learned that there is an incredible beauty to mistakes, because embedded in each mistake is a puzzle, and a gem that I could get if I solved it, i.e., a principle that I could use to reduce my mistakes in the future. I learned that each mistake was probably a reflection of something that I was (or others were) doing wrong, so if I could figure out what that was, I could learn how to be more effective. I learned that wrestling with my problems, mistakes, and weaknesses was the training that strengthened me. — Ray Dalio

For me it’s about using your troubles for perspective and then for momentum. — Mary-Louise Parker

Give me a fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself. — Vilfredo Pareto

Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors. — Thomas Henry Huxley

Think for yourself and question authority. — Timothy Leary

I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order. — Wislawa Szymborska

I move towards The Resistance. I am always moving away from my comfort zone into growth opportunities, into my stretch zone. — Taylor Pearson

This is action, this not being sure! — Jordan Ellenberg

You add randomness, early on in the process, you make crazy moves, you try stupid things that shouldn’t work, and that will tend to make the problem-solving work better. . . . The trouble with the step-by-step process, the marginal gains, is they can walk you gradually down a dead end. And if you start with the randomness, that becomes less likely, and your problem-solving becomes more robust. — Tim Harford

So much of our human resourcefulness comes from having multiple ways to describe the same situations—so that each one of those different perspectives may help us to get around the deficiencies of the other ones. — Marvin Minsky

An idea or image comes to you not only in the office but also in the shower or in your dreams. — Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

What you know then will solve what you need now, even if you can’t even imagine how that’s possible. — James Altucher

The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. — Marcus Aurelius

Actually, they solved the problem quite a lot more effectively. . . . But . . . they were full of doubt. They didn’t think they’d done a good job even though they had. — Tim Harford

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it’s supposed to do. — Robert Heinlein

My center is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking. — Ferdinand Foch



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Jim Hull

Jim Hull graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in philosophy, then spent ten years as a lecture-demonstrator in the performing arts, including tours and TV appearances. More recently, Jim has produced research, copywriting, and editing for numerous clients. He also has published two books: the set of essays ARE HUMANS OBSOLETE? and a novel, THE VAMPIRE IN FREE FALL. Jim teaches classes in current events and music at The Braille Institute in Los Angeles. He applies his unique perspective to create surprising, compelling solutions to difficult problems. Jim thinks the world would work better if people spent less time dominating each other and more time working alongside those with different viewpoints to resolve the challenges we all face. CONTACT JIM: ...

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