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This Is Why Some People Always Seem To Know A Lot

This Is Why Some People Always Seem To Know A Lot

Who doesn’t like to be around someone who seemingly has an answer to our many questions? People who always seem to know a lot will always be on demand as knowledge drives progress and discovery. To know a lot though means you have to commit yourself to certain things. Here are some of the things that people who know a lot tend to do.

1. They read

It is not about reading junks or materials with little or no facts. To know a lot means you have to be willing to commit yourself to learning from the masters. And what better way to garner such knowledge than through books, journals or other printed materials that contain information that needs to be read.

2. They are friends with other people who know a lot

It is hard to be knowledgeable and be amongst people who do not share your penchant for knowledge. Being around people who are not devoted to knowledge could becomes a burden on them. People who know a lot are friends with other experts or knowledgeable persons. Doing this provides them with a greater wealth of knowledge and keeps them sharp.

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3. They discover

Being curious won’t kill the cat. It will only make it smarter. People who know a lot don’t just sit down in a place and wait for knowledge to meet them. They go out there to discover and find more answers to their many questions.

4. They ask questions

People who know a lot ask questions. They want to know. They will look for the right person that can provide answers and information and ask them questions. By asking questions, the right questions, they are able to get answers. And answers are solutions to problems.

5. They travel

They do not limit their world to a particular geographic location. They explore and want to discover newer channels and gain newer experiences. They don’t just want to read it but also want to experience it.

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6. They stay away from distractions

There are things that distract people from attaining more knowledge. People who know a lot stay away from distractions like TV, social media and gossips. They focus on worthy pursuits and on things that will challenge their mental abilities.

7. They educate themselves

Whether it is in pursuing a higher degree or doing well to acquire a new skill, people who know a lot try new things and educate themselves. They don’t make any excuses about it, but know that pushing themselves to a new challenge will educate and make them more valuable to their society.

8. They are adaptable

They are not rigid. They know that things will not always remain the same. People who know a lot are flexible and are able to change with the trend and demands. They don’t want to be victims of change but masters of change.

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9. They are attentive

Whether you like it or not, you can only learn more if you observe and listen. People who know a lot know that they are not perfect and have limitations. They are attentive and observe what goes on around them.

10. They strive

There is a standard before us all. Some meet those expectations, others don’t. People who know a lot strive to be better and more efficient. Such a test could lead to mistakes, but they are willing to strive and push on beyond the obstacles and challenges.

Experiences can teach a person so much. People who know a lot strive and mature with experiences.

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Who is not fascinated by someone who knows a lot? But not everyone will know so much. It boils down to how much we are willing to learn and focus on becoming that person others either envy or want to listen to.

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

What to have for dinner tonight?

Which route to take to work?

How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

For example:

If the problem is “always late to work”…

  • Why am I late to work?
    I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
  • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
    I feel so tired in the morning.
  • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
    I slept late the night before, that’s why.
  • Why did I sleep late?
    I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
  • Why did I drink coffee?
    Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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3. Simplify Things

As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

5. Think Laterally

Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

The Bottom Line

There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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Reference

[1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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