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5 ways to solve problems like Hermione
She was the actual hero of the show. She made nerds like us feel good about ourselves. She was the brain behind every mission of the trio. Yes, I am talking about our very favorite Hermione Granger. Hermione taught us a lot. But, one of her greatest lessons was to be self-dependent by being a problem solver. Remember, when Umbridge tried to take over the entire school. It was Hermione who came out with the idea of Harry being the unofficial Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.
To survive in this world, and more importantly to excel in our career, we need to be problem solvers like Hermione. But, do you know how she managed to be such a great problem solver? Well, we all know about her tremendous thirst for knowledge which helped her a lot but there was something else too. Let's hear it from herself.
So, apart from being logical, let’s look at a few ways you can develop your problem-solving skills. Hopefully, you will end up as the next prime minister of your country very similar to how Hermione ended up as the Minister of Magic.
1️⃣ 𝐆𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬:
We all know Tony Stark aka Iron Man. Without his genius-level intellectual skills, he would have been just a normal engineer. But due to his skills, he turned himself into a Superhero. Want to be great at problem-solving? Then try to acquire these basic key skills. Based on my extensive research, there are five key skills required to be a better problem solver and hopefully, take the spot of your boss in the future. These are Emotional intelligence, Decision making, Teamwork, Researching Skills, and Creativity. I am not going to elaborate on each of these skills because you have the YPS sessions of Smartifier Academy for that.
2️⃣ 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬𝐞𝐭:
Okay, I know what you are thinking, but hear me out. I have watched countless videos on career development and every single video endorsed the importance of being a problem solver. However, to be effective in this sector, as I already mentioned, we need certain skills. But, if you are anything like me, you probably have a mindset that the techniques used to develop these skills are extremely boring and end up binging on Netflix instead. However, every technique is not boring, and developing problem-solving skills can actually be fun. For example, logic and brain training games like monopoly and chess can enhance your problem-solving skills. You can also try reading detective books or play detective games as it can give you several problem-solving ideas. Did you know getting a good night’s sleep can also supercharge your problem-solving ability? Finally, we have a logical answer to our parents' question regarding our sleeping habits.
3️⃣ 𝐅𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟔 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐮𝐥𝐚:
Like the famous 10 – step Korean skincare routine, problem-solving also has a 6 step formula. To solve a problem, firstly, you need to identify the problem and try to understand the nature of that problem. Secondly, the problem is structured in a way to develop a clear picture of it. The third stage is all about brainstorming to look for all the possible solutions. Then comes the most complex part which is to analyze the possible courses of action and select the best solution. Lastly, you need to implement the chosen solution and finally seek feedback.
4️⃣ 𝐁𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞:
If Rapunzel was not curious about the floating lights, she would not reunite with her parents. Likewise, if you are curious regarding any topic, it can lead you to be a better problem solver. Keeping your mind open and exploring topics that you know little about can be an efficient step to develop your problem-solving skills. If any topic comes to your mind, then make it your mission to know more about it.
5️⃣ 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭:
Lastly, I would like to end this blog with the age-old quote of our parents that “Practice makes perfect.” Learning new skills like problem-solving is very challenging. It will take time, effort, practice, and a lot of frustration. Only through a gradual process of trial and error, we can master this golden skill.
For most of us, the least favorite character among the trio of Harry Potter was probably Ronald Weasley. But did you ever wonder what the reason was? I mean, Ron was an amazing friend (let us try to forget the two unfortunate incidents), a really caring brother, and also a pretty good wizard. But, we probably like him the least because he was not a problem solver and rather depended on Hermione for the idea of the plan and Harry for the execution. In many cases, he was just a tag-along. This very trait of Ron also made him feel insecure about himself among his brothers and best friends.
Now that I have done my job of enlightening you with the right stuff, you have to make the big decision. A problem-solver like Hermione or an insecure dependent person like Ron?