5 Ways to Sharpen Your Problem-Solving Skills

A Team Problem Solving Together
Problem-Solving Skills are Crucial at Work

I’ve said this many times before and I’ll say it again: Problems are opportunities in disguise! When most people think about problems, all they picture is a cluster of negativity coming right at them that will eventually bury them under. However, that’s not the case. Problems are an inevitable part of life with some merits of their own. Of the many things they do, problems ensure continual learning, help us think differently, and build our confidence. 

Here are 5 methods you can follow to sharpen your problem-solving skills:

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1. Question the Problem Repeatedly with “Why?”

To solve a problem, you need first to define it. To do so, start by asking yourself, “Why did this problem occur?” Follow up on your answer with another “Why?” – Or several others, until you dig into the root cause.

2. Draw a Mind Map to Visualize the Problem

Take out a piece of paper, a few colored pens, and draw a mind map of the problem at hand. Make sure that your drawing includes the central idea, which is the problem itself, and that it contains the reasons for the occurrence. Next, draw sub-branches that suggest possible solutions before analyzing them and picking the best option.

3. List All Possible Solutions

A Man Making a List of Solutions
Listing Possible Solutions to Problems

When trying to solve a problem, come up with as many solutions as possible, even if they sound ridiculous to you. Brainstorm bad ideas! I’ve come to learn that it’s better to focus on brainstorming bad ideas when trying to think of creative and innovative solutions. Even if the ideas we come up with could be considered stupid or ridiculous, brainstorming bad ideas removes the pressure of having to conceive good ideas and allows us to push past obvious answers. Terrible ideas can be reevaluated and turned into something unique and brilliant.

4. Always be Willing to Learn

Even if you’re the most accomplished person on the planet, know that there’s always room for improvement. One of the best ways to learn is by mimicking others. For example, when I’m trying to accomplish a specific goal or solve a problem, I do the research and find the best people in that field, even if they are competitors. I look at what they have done, what has worked, and their principles. It’s like following a scientific formula and the way I rose to the top so quickly and early in my life. I’ve just followed the same steps that have already been taken, adapting them to my situation and needs, and have found a lifetime of success in a short time.

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5. Give Your Brain a Good Workout with Puzzles & Brainteasers

A Chess Game
Playing Chess Helps Develop Problem-Solving Skills

This may sound like child’s play, but doing puzzles and playing games involving logic, like chess and Sudoku, hones your problem-solving skills by helping you learn strategies and techniques that you can later apply to real-life situations. Pick a game that you think you’ll enjoy, find a partner, if needed, and start playing!

The ability to solve problems comes down to mindset, which determines the way we turn the challenges we face into positive solutions. In my book “Homeless to Billionaire: The 18 Principles of Wealth Attraction and Creating Unlimited Opportunity”, I disclose everything you need to know about developing the right attitudes to dealing with problems successfully.

-Andres Pira

About Andres Pira – philanthropist, real estate tycoon, author, speaker, and global citizen. Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.

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