Most Problems Have More than One Answer.

“The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.” Claude Levi-Strauss

“We don’t know all the answers. If we knew all the answers we’d be bored, wouldn’t we? We keep looking, searching, trying to get more knowledge.” — Jack LaLanne

One of the great (and occasionally frustrating) things creativity is there is rarely a single answer or way of doing something.

For example, if you are living in a town with all dirt roads, how do you keep your feet from getting dirty? Well, one way would be to wear sneakers or boots instead of sandals. Or maybe that’s not ideal because it’s also a hot tropical environment, so instead, you could water the dirt (to pat things down and keep dust out of the air) and add a knee-height facet to your shower, so you can wash your feet. The (current) modern solution was just to pave everything in asphalt. One is a simple personal solution/cost (i.e. wear/buy sneakers) and another is a complex society solution/cost (i.e. pave the crap out of it).

This is a random example, but it highlights a simple yet overlooked insights:

There is usually more than one way to solve a problem.

Finding an answer to a problem isn’t necessarily an effective solution.

An effective answer isn’t necessarily the correct answer.

And not all answers are universal. (Some work better for different people.)

That goes for roads, businesses, applications, oil paintings.

We can build on the knowledge that came before and come up with something new or start completely blank and unsure and build our own path step by step to something original. Or mix things up and do a hybrid.

It’s also worth noting that just because we have an answer now doesn’t mean we’ll have a better answer in the near future. Until digital currency we used checks. Before that, cash. Before that, people carried around gold and silver.

What’s something we do today that will make us look like cavemen/cavewomen twenty years from now?

Many innovative solutions only came about after multiple (step-by-step) iterations of ideas that came before. Digital currency is an order of magnitude more efficient than trading sheep for brick, but it didn’t happen overnight. It happens slowly, yet also quicker than you think. Nowadays our Marvel or Game of Thrones TV shows look real, compared to Jar Jar Binks not too long ago.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1275

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