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May 05, 2019 21:40:40

My 12-favorite problems

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This is my first week into the online course, Write of Passage. It was quite fun to see a lot of familiar people know through Twitter and blogs in the class. I had already taken course Building A Second Brain, a couple of years ago from the course creator.

As part of the assignment in the week, I am warming up with drafting the 12-favorite problems exercise. 

You have to keep a dozen of your favorite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large, they will lay in a dormant state. Every time you hear or read a new trick or a new result, test it against each of your twelve problems to see whether it helps. Every once in a while there will be a hit, and people will say, 'How did he do it? He must be a genius! - Richard Feynman

This sounds like a simple exercise. In the end, it is very simple. It is a bit time consuming to collect yourselves and think what are all the key questions that matter for you at this point of time in your life.

Here are my 12 questions:

  1. How do I ask better questions (to customers, colleagues, family) to get the best answers?
  2. How to learn the core principles of any topic and develop intuition, to lead a good life and work better?
  3. How do I keep my flywheel (reading-> writing-> learning-> reading) run efficiently and consistently?
  4. How do I improve my writing skills?
  5. How can I be bold in marketing and distributing my ideas to a wider & right audience?
  6. How do I build products that customers love, make their lives better and run a sustainable business through that?
  7. How do I build a team of inspiring people with shared values and long term vision?
  8. How to improve my focus and mindfulness by calming my monkey mind?
  9. Do I listen to my body, brain and ego? How to keep them primed for peak performance?
  10. How can I be part of in the scene to improve my optionality, serendipity?
  11. What should I be mindful in inculcating curiosity and long-lasting values in my son?
  12. How can I bring joy and meaningfulness in the lives of people I love?


What are all the key questions/challenges that interest you at this point in your life?

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    @santhoshguru That is quite a list of questions. Tony Robbins says the quality of your results is determined by the quality of your questions. Sounds like this course is paying off already. See, don’t you dare keep posts like this private.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 05, 2019 11:24:06
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      @brandonwilson 😜

      Santhosh Guru avatar Santhosh Guru | May 06, 2019 21:27:57
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      @santhoshguru @brandonwilson +1. I'm leading a protest if you keep these gems private.

      @keni, you wanna see this.

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | May 07, 2019 09:59:03
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      @santhoshguru @brandonwilson @seunoyebode - Interesting exercise. Thanks for calling me here Seun.

      I have more than 12 problems though. Why just 12?

      Keni avatar Keni | May 07, 2019 14:29:59
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    @santhoshguru - can you link us to the course you're taking? Great article. I hadn't thought about keeping 12 problems in my head. Now I'll start carving a home.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 05, 2019 09:45:02
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