Contextless Ideas

You know how there are some people who come into a new situation and start throwing down ideas like crazy? Perhaps your trying to solve a problem and somebody comes up and gives you 10 solutions without asking you a single question. I have to admin

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this.

I think that getting lots of ideas out on the table is critical to solving problems. The only way to find the best solution is to come up with a lot of potential solutions. And sometimes not having a full understanding of a situation will let you get outside some contraints that that might not be real….it lets you be a bit crazy…if you don’t know where the box is you wont think inside it.

The flip side though is that if you don’t know and understand the problem it’s really hard to evaluate ideas, to come up with solutions that really get to the nuanced root of an issue. How can you solve a problem you don’t understand?

I know i tend to go way to far to the second side. I feel like i have to define every last variable before I start coming up with solutions (i am INTP after all). It would be healthy for me to find a way to combine the best of both worlds.

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