This article talks about taking time off from a difficult problem to get some distance and perspective so you can make a breakthrough.
I also really like the idea in here of “mental crop rotation” where you intentionally work on a different hard problem for a while to clean your head before you come back to the first hard problem. Actually, that’s from Kierkegaard. (I used to make fun of people who quoted Kierkegaard in college. 😂)
Creativity is about connecting dots. But if we try to force it, if we’re too focused on it, all we ever do is connect neighboring dots, resulting in a rigid grid of stale thoughts. To really see the interesting connections we need to get a new perspective and gain some distance. Then the truly interesting connections will reveal themselves.
Okay, it’s silly to say that “two things” define you. I suspect it’s more like 436 things that define you. Or more likely all your DNA and all your experiences, which is like a billion things.
Still, this is a good quote, and way more meaningful than “Your DNA and all your experiences define you.” 😂
I would agree that patience and attitude are pretty key.
Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.George Bernard Shaw
Thanks to Jyotichamp for leading me to this quote!