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Not thinking is bad for you, so is over thinking

As you may know, I am a huge advocate of thinking and thinking skills, one of my favourite quotes is this one from Einstein where says;

“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask… for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”
– Albert Einstein

However please don’t misunderstand my enthusiasm for thinking as an excuse/reason to procrastinate, all to often people say to themselves, “I need to think about this more before I do anything,” and then they end up not doing anything at all.

To be able to think clearly about a problem, challenge or situation you  need to have as much information possible and most of the time in life we don’t have much information available to us.

The best way to get more information is to take action — learn from doing, no matter how small or silly it may seem. This is why prototyping and testing is so important, take what you know, your ideas or assumptions and get out there. Learn if they are right, what could be improved, what don’t you know.

Basically take action.

So stop overthinking and procrastinating, get out there and have some fun.

This article originally appeared in my old blog on 13 February 2014.

Please visit www.findhiong.com to learn more about me.

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