Friday, October 28, 2016

Axiom 90: Problem Solving is the Best Skill

"If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions." -Albert Einstein

"Problems are only opportunities in work clothes." -Henri Kaiser

In school I often wondered, what is the point of doing this assignment? Why do I need this information? In a world of technology that allows us to look up information in seconds or solve a math problem by taking a picture with our phone what's the point of doing things the hard way?

The point is that you need to learn the skill of problem solving.

It is this most valuable skill you can ever learn. Good problem solving skills are a rare asset prized by companies. At the end of the day companies make money by solving a customer's problem, and they have to continue to solve problems to stay in business as industries evolve.

As companies innovate they find new ways to solve problems. In life there is not always one way to solve a problem. There are good ways and bad ways, and if you ask ten industry experts how to solve a problem you will probably get ten different answers.

When I have screwed something up in life I have found my problem solving skills were vital. It is often when times are toughest that our problem solving skills are the most invaluable. I've made many mistakes in life, but rarely have I made the same mistake twice. I can thank my problem solving skills for that.

Develop your problem solving skills. Embrace those boring lessons that seem pointless. The time will come when that information is valuable. When you encounter a problem examine every way possible to fix it. You will find that good problem solving skills might be your best asset.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Axiom 89: Your EQ is Your Destiny

"In a high-IQ job pool, soft skills like discipline, drive and empathy mark those who emerge as outstanding.-Daniel Goleman

Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions.” -David Borenstein

In Axiom 52 I wrote that your IQ has a lot to do with with your success in life. There is also a lesser know intelligence factor known as EQ, or emotional quotient, that has a lot to do with your success in life as well. EQ is your intellectual ability to navigate social situations. In many ways it can be more important than IQ in determining your success.

If you notice someone that doesn't seem that smart but they are extremely successful chances are they have a high EQ. Likewise, if you see someone that is extremely smart but they just can't seem to navigate any social situations with any success chances are they have a low EQ.

Good thing for you is EQ is an intelligence that can be improved with a little effort. It requires you to be more observant about your behaviors as well as the behaviors of others. You must learn to read the unspoken emotions between people. Once you master this then you can predict how your actions will cause others to react. Ultimately you want to be able to influence other people's actions based on your own actions. That may sound like voodoo, but it is simply the result of having a high EQ.

While we are largely stuck with the IQ we are born with we can still improve our EQ, and if you can improve your EQ you can improve your chances of being successful.