"You have to keep a dozen of your favourite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large they will lay in a dormant state. Every time you hear 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
I’m currently in the first week of the online course Write of Passage. It’s nice to see some familiar faces - either I already follow their work online, or I know them from communities such as Ness Labs.
One of the first assignments was to pick my 12 favourite problems.
Here are my 12 problems:
- How do you increase your impact as a doctor?
- What would medical school look like if it were easy?
- How does one succeed in medical school and still do things they love?
- How can we improve leadership and communication in healthcare?
- How can we live happier, more productive lives?
- How can you retain more of what you learn in less time and make learning something fun?
- What are the habits that bring success? What are the bad habits to avoid? And how do we build them?
- How can you improve health and wellbeing through writing?
- How can we build workflows and systems for sustainable and consistent content creation?
- How do we go from consumption to creation?
- How can you design your environments to encourage good habits?
- How do you sustain focus and stop getting distracted?
Thinking about my 12 problems made me think about how young and inexperienced I am. I’m not entirely satisfied with the quality of my issues. However, I trust that I can reiterate and upgrade the questions that live in my head rent-free.
“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”
- Tony Robbins