Want to Achieve Something Big? Think Small.
The best way to solve a big problem is to think small.
It’s one thing to see a big problem, and it’s another to know how to fix it. But it’s something else altogether to actually get to done. When people go for a Big Solution to a hard issue, they usually fail, frustrated and disheartened. Writer Stephen Dubner understands why and how to proceed in a way that can actually work.
The key, ironically for a post on Big Think, is to think small, as he says children do. A big, sweeping solution could possibly remedy an abstract, generalized version of the issue, but real thing is not likely to be so one-dimensional. A hard problem is usually a combination of many smaller ones.
Dubner’s got a great example of how a fresh perspective can reveal things within a tough issue—meaningful education reform—that are possible to resolve relatively easily, in this case a program for personalizing instruction, and another to get kids the eyeglasses they need to succeed. Tackling fixable problems like this, one-by-one, can lead in time to resolving the larger issue.
It’s not a new idea, at least to Eastern philosophers. Do these sound familiar?
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step—Lao Tzu
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones—Confucius
The same method applies, by the way, to overwhelming personal problems that are so big they seem impossible. (I wrote a song about this a while back.)
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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, explains his plan for success.
- Jeff Bezos had a clear vision for Amazon.com from the start.
- He was inspired by a statistic he learned while working at a hedge fund: In the '90s, web usage was growing at 2,300% a year.
- Bezos explains why books, in particular, make for a perfect item to sell on the internet.
Even when they suffer costs in doing so.
- It's commonly thought that the suppression of female sexuality is perpetuated by either men or women.
- In a new study, researchers used economics games to observe how both genders treat sexually-available women.
- The results suggests that both sexes punish female promiscuity, though for different reasons and different levels of intensity.
It has found several bizarre planets outside of our solar system.
- The Kepler program closed down in August, 2018, after nine and a half years of observing the universe.
- Picking up where it left off, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has already found eight planets, three of which scientists are very excited about, and six supernovae.
- In many ways, TESS is already outperforming Kepler, and researchers expect it to find more than 20,000 exoplanets over its lifespan.
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