How to inculcate X-Factor in Creativity! — Sudoku shows the way!!
Why do we chase results while solving problems?
What do we do to mitigate unforeseen risks?
Which methods do we adopt to fix the complications?
It isn’t easy to figure out right answers for all these questions. For, while chasing results, we are often obsessed with getting them asap.
So, what’s the way out?
Let’s understand using the example of a popular puzzle — Sudoku.
Sudoku is a simple mind bending puzzle in which the numbers 1 to 9 are uniquely arranged in a 9 X 9 grid such that they don’t repeat ether across each one of the 9 rows or columns. So, the result we want is to fill out the 9 X 9 grid.
However, the process to get started is identifying the immediately available clues to fill the empty cells. As each empty cell gets filled, new clues emerge to eventually fill all the cells in the 9 X 9 grid with numbers 1 to 9 uniquely across rows or columns.
Obviously, this process takes several steps and one’s logical reasoning abilities could get stretched beyond limits, depending on the level of difficulty! Now, let’s analyze what’s going on while solving the puzzle.
Its quite clear none can fill all the numbers in a few attempts (chasing the result). So, the method followed is to look for rows or columns with max number of cells already filled in. They throw up the opportunities (clues) needed to get the result we want asap.
As we gradually fill the empty cells, the no. of rows or columns with fewer numbers will be less as we make progress. This makes our task easier in getting the result we want asap.
Even though this strategy appears simple, it gets tougher with the level of difficulty in a puzzle. The curious part while doing so is avoiding mistakes i.e., ensuring that no number is repeated twice.
These are the unforeseen risks while we chase the result. Such mistakes consume our precious time in locating such errors and correcting them, leading to frustration, as it usually happens while mitigating risks which aren’t foreseen in advance.
While solving the puzzle, the more the no. of mistakes, the harder its for us to get the result we want. As such complications blow out of proportions, the corrections needed become more and more tedious.
In the puzzle context, there is no scope for cutting corners and we have to patiently locate and correct all errors one by one. So, being meticulous while filling the empty cells would be akin to a stitch in time saving nine!
Extrapolating this example to real world problems, the solution we need to look for is the immediate low hanging fruit(s) which can easily be plucked! Identifying such low hanging fruits paves way for the desired results.
Our creative abilities sharpen as we identify the opportunities which could sprout the outcomes we desire!
And the X-Factor inculcating Creativity is to CREATE the opportunities if they aren’t apparent, which is usually the case!!
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