Generalized problem solving
Stanley Kubrick: "develop a generalized method of solving problems".
I think that if you get involved in any kind of problem-solving in depth, on almost anything, it's surprisingly similar to problem-solving on anything. I started out by getting a camera and learning how to take pictures, and learning how to print pictures, and learning how to build a dark room, and learning how to do all the technical things, and so on and so on. And then finally trying to find out how you could sell pictures and - would it be possible to be a professional photographer. And it was a case of over a period of say, from the age of 13 to 17, you might say going through, step by step by myself, without anybody really helping me, the problem-solving of becoming a photographer. And i found that, i think looking back, that this particular thing about problem solving is something that schools generally don't teach, and that if you can develop a generalized approach to problem solving that it's surprising how it helps you in anything.
What is my personal generalized method of problem solving?
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