Shut Up And Learn Something

Written by Steve Gillman

Have you ever noticed that arguments are rarely "won?" Even if you think you won an argument, what did you win? If there really is a loser, he at least learned something, right? What did you get? Ego satisfaction, debating practice, and diminished mind power.

Arguing Diminishes Mind Power?

There are times when things need to be debated, but most ofrepparttar time, it really isn't productive. Do you want to arguerepparttar 144481 point? What do you get from a useless debate, and more importantly, what do you lose?

One thing is certain. A person listening to arguments can learn something from both sides, but what aboutrepparttar 144482 participants? If your opponent makes a really good point, do you say, "Hey, you're right!" or do you more often just look for a better argument?

Arguing too much gets you inrepparttar 144483 habit of looking for arguments more than for truth. You also get deeper into your thinking rutsrepparttar 144484 more you defend a position. In a rut and ignoringrepparttar 144485 truth? If that doesn't sound like it's good for mind power, it's because it isn't.

Three Way Problem Solving

Written by Steve Gillman

How do you like to solve your problems? Do you prefer to userepparttar more creative problem solving techniques, orrepparttar 144480 systematic ones? You'll getrepparttar 144481 best of both withrepparttar 144482 add-subtract-change method.

Add, Subtract, Change

I am sitting here looking at my bicycle as I write this. To come up with new ideas in bicycle design, all we have to do is look atrepparttar 144483 elements that are there and ask three things. What can we add, what can we subtract, and what can we change?

Would pet owners like a built-in dog or cat carrier? Are 18 gears necessary? There are still six gears and one less thing to break if a shifter is removed. What ifrepparttar 144484 wheels were larger orrepparttar 144485 frame made of a flexible material? What wouldrepparttar 144486 advantages be?

Personal Problems Too

The add-subtract-change technique is well suited to developing new products, but what if your having trouble sticking to an exercise plan? Will this kind of problem solving method work for personal issues? You won't know until you try it. Hmm...

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