There are some numbers that are really easy for me to spot – for example the number 11, 4, and 7. There are numbers, such as 8, 10 and 12 that are difficult for me to decipher.
Why do I know this? I notice dumb things. It’s a quirk. It really hit home though, when playing a numbers game. The best I could do was 98 – out of 210. Still, I discovered the game offers some great lessons for small business problem solving styles that meant a lot more than the final score.
If you are looking for a 5 minute break (assuming you don’t feel certain you’ll become a master with just another try), get distracted then come to back to brag on your results. Or, share lessons you’ve gleaned from this game.
Brainteasers can give you creative insight into how you problem solve.
Seeing challenges in pieces
Admittedly, my first reaction was the problem wasn’t my fault. I was using a laptop, certain once I eliminated all the time involved in scanning up and down, plus using a keyboard instead of a mouse, I’d be joining the 100% club.
I figured I’d be able to remember every number I saw by viewing the entire puzzle simultaneously rather than a different screen each scroll. I was wrong.
Looking at isolated sections of a problem was a lot easier than seeing it all at once. It’s a weird revelation for big picture thinkers. Seeing and implementing involve two different skills.
While I figured instant recall on the 210 numbers (I do tend toward unrealistic expectations – no photographic memory here), my best approach was to look for the next move while solving the last. This gave me an easy current reference point while spotting my future target. It’s tough to move toward successful completion without focusing on subsequent challenges.
Take a break
Staring at the screen for too long was tiresome and ineffective. Glancing away for a moment then returning with my goal in mind invariably had me focusing exactly on that former illusive number. This is particularly relevant to anyone waiting for creative genius to strike (most notably in the arts, but applicable to any business owner marketing their wares).
Change the rules
After a game or two, it seemed silly to start at the beginning. Why not begin with 7 (my easiest task) and work up from there with momentum, confidence and associated enthusiasm? I’d lose 21 points (out of 210), but 90% is better than 46%.
This game won’t let you do that (I tried). Leading with strengths makes a lot more sense than getting stuck on failures. Fortunately, as small business owners, we can make our own rules to suit our proclivities.
Hitting your stride
Confidence speeds completion. The easy to see numbers took a fraction of the time of perceived tough ones. Do you anticipate likely blocks? Whether it’s mindset or ability, it really doesn’t matter. We tend to excel at what comes easy to us.
What are you missing?
For me, it was the periphery. Most of the time, after several up and down scans, I went back to the top or bottom then outside columns and that illusive find was there. Sometimes we get so focused on the issue demands, we fail to see the easy answers just outside our view.
Do you look for patterns or specifics?
Trying to read numbers slowed me down a lot. Recognizing shapes, pictures (patterns) and sizes meant speed. Knowing how to identify what you’re looking for with a feel for what’s right is a lot easier than trying to find THE solution you’re focused on. Trust your gut.
Who scores your results?
This quiz may be easy for some in the time allotted. Not me, but I can still have fun playing the game. Then again, the “must master this because I’m lousy at it” approach isn’t something I embrace. Sometimes it’s better to learn enough to effectively delegate to another’s strength. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to procrastinate claiming perfectionists then do a worse job than a vendor who enjoys the work.
How will you succeed?
I’ve come to recognize I see the world in a way that’s very different from the norm (maybe you do too). What took me longer to realize is, that’s OK – so long as you don’t try to make your perceptions right only when they align with what others see. Take what others provide as learning opportunities, stepping stones or idea fodder for your next great thing. You don’t have to play by their rules as you learn from opportunities provided. Have fun with the discovery and create a morphed model that works for you.
Look left and share if you would. Then please post below so we can laugh together with our experiences and take-aways from this puzzle I can’t finish in the time allotted. Did you?