Straight-line thinking habits-woodmam

Adapting to the objective law that there is a straight and a curve in the development of things, and there is a way in and a way out, when we think about a problem facing an obstacle, especially when facing a huge obstacle that is difficult to overcome, there can be two different attitudes and practices.

  One is we have mentioned before the meandering forward, avoiding obstacles, but instead can make some seemingly impossible to complete the work and difficult to solve the problem unexpectedly solved.

  The other is to move forward in a straight line, trying to eliminate obstacles. This is the approach people often take to obstacles, but this is not appropriate for all obstacles. Because to do so, you must have enough power and the necessary conditions. Insufficient strength to first build up strength, conditions are not enough to create conditions. Otherwise, the rash attack to the obstacle, pay a huge effort and cost, but fell a futile effort, or even a disastrous failure to return.

  Straight-line thinking habits seem to be a more efficient way to solve problems, so many people face problems when the first thing to consider is how to straightforward to hit, but often it is not what you want.

  There is a famous soprano named Ma Di Meple, she has a local can be considered the most outstanding private garden. Every weekend there are many people come here to pick flowers, mushrooms, catch snails; some even set up tents, campfires, camping and picnics in the grass, often making the garden a mess, dirty. The steward in charge of the garden, according to the instructions of Di Meple, asked people to put a fence around the garden, put up a wooden sign "private garden is forbidden to enter", and sent people to guard the gate of the garden, but all to no avail, many people still enter the garden through various hidden ways.

  This example is the most typical linear way of thinking, but we are here, the result did not achieve the desired purpose, but more stimulating people want to go in to explore the psychology. So what was the final solution? Di Meple had some large wooden signs made to stand at various intersections, with the following prominently written on them: "Attention! If you are bitten by a poisonous snake in the forest, the nearest hospital is 15 kilometers away, a half-hour drive away." After that, few people dared to break into her garden again.

  2. Overcoming points

  First, carefully examine the complexity of the things or problems faced, and then decide whether to go straight ahead or curve around.

  For some simple problems we can go directly to seek answers, so that we can do things more efficiently. But for complex, and obviously impossible to do overnight, we have to be patient to find a more reliable way, rather than straightforward results:.

  Tudela is a well-known Venezuelan entrepreneur who runs offshore oil transportation. He was originally a self-taught engineer, with few assets or savings, and no one in the oil industry to help him or his old friends, but he was determined to get into the oil business. How could he realize this wish? He knew that, with his current conditions, it was impossible to reach this wish directly, because the capital, channels and so on are not mature, then, the only thing left is to find these obstacles to take another path. In order to achieve this purpose, he kept his eyes and ears open at all times, and has obtained a lot of important economic information. After careful filtering and grouping of this information, he soon formed a set of action plans. He filtered out the information closely related to the realization of his wishes: Argentina needs to buy 20 million dollars of butane, while the country has a large surplus of beef; Spain needs beef; Spain's shipyards are worried about the lack of orders.

  Tudela flew to Spain and said to the shipyard people there, "If you buy $20 million of beef from me, I will order a $20 million supertanker from your yard." The shipbuilder readily agreed. After reselling the beef to Spain, he went back to an oil company and, in exchange for buying $20 million of butane from the other side, got the company to agree to lease the supertanker he was building in Spain.

  In this way, Tudela was able to develop practical solutions to achieve his goals by carefully analyzing the complexity of the problems he faced, rather than just going down the road of oil transportation with a passion.

  Second, try to think about everything from a different direction.

  There is a small village called Tanba Village in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, which is a very poor and backward place. When the whole country of Japan has gradually become rich, this place is still very poor, and the transportation is not convenient, neither by road nor by rail. When people in the village saw that other places had become rich, they were not willing to do so and were determined to become rich too. But there is no specialty here, how to be rich? No one could think of a solution. Then they sent someone to Tokyo to invite an expert named Hiroyuki Iisaka. After he understood the situation of the village, he also felt very difficult: to get rich, we must sell something to exchange with others, and only if we sell more, we can earn more. How can we get rich without selling anything? Izaka Hiroyuki thought along these lines, but could not come up with a solution. Then he thought the other way around: since there is only "poverty and backwardness", let's sell its "poverty and backwardness"; since there is "nothing", let's sell its "nothing". "Nothing".

  Hiroyuki Izaka suggested to the villagers that the only way to get rich was to sell your poverty and backwardness, and to sell your nothing. Everyone was baffled to hear this. Then Izaka further explained: "To sell poverty and backwardness, you have to be poorer. From now on, you have to stop living in houses and live in trees; stop wearing clothes made of cloth and put on leaves and animal skins. Live like our old ancestors did thousands of years ago, so that people from the city will come to visit and travel, and you will be rich.

  After the villagers did as they were told, the news spread to various cities and the Japanese were surprised to find that there was such a tribe of primitive people in the country, so they soon attracted a large number of tourists. These tourists live in the trees, draped in leaves, wearing animal skins, eating wild vegetables, drinking spring water, washing their faces and feet at the creek, and hearing not only the sound of wind and rain at night, but also the strange screams of various beasts. Tourists feel so new and interesting that more and more people come here for tourism. With the increasing income, this village soon became rich.

  In this example, Hiroyuki Sakai's thinking clearly reflects the two different stages of thinking before and after, in the former stage, he also started from the inherent habit of thinking, trying to find a way out from the general sale of goods, when he found that this idea does not work, he changed to start from another direction, from a completely different direction to think about the problem, which is also an important way to overcome linear thinking.

  3. Self-assessment

  you think that good people are good people and bad people are bad people.

  you think that if a person has done a ring thing, then it is unnecessary to sympathize and help him.

  for mathematical problems, you are only accustomed to do it in a way you know well, and you feel awkward with a different way of thinking.

  when playing football with your classmates, if you get the ball, you will always shoot it without hesitation.

  You don't like people talking and doing things in a roundabout way.

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