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Crafting my 12 Favorite Problems

Vikrant Duggal
Vikrant Duggal
• 1 min read
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 results, 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, Nobel Prize-winning physicist

Our quality of life is largely driven by the quality of our questions. If you've been interested in consulting I have shared in the past on this blog the list of 53 questions my Consulting Club students go through in the course.

As I reflect on this upcoming decade I'm spending some time this week and next thinking about my twelve favorite problems. I find this exercise gives me a great deal of clarity and allows me to better filter the information and inspiration coming at me in a way that creates a great deal of focus.

For context, I'm thinking about each of these problems as increasing my sense of meaning and purpose and allowing my to increase my creative capacity as well as achieve outcomes. I also see problems as fund to solve (especially when I'm choosing them). It ends up become less about the problems and more about how I orient myself to them.

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