How to escape a burning building – and similar life problems


Solving a seriously complicated problem sometimes necessitates removing ourselves temporarily from the predicament.

The temporary distance created will put the problem into a new perspective. This act makes any resource deficiencies more visible; and makes the search for resources to fill the deficiencies easier.

Let us put it into a metaphor. A person inside a burning building will find it extremely difficult to escape, especially when they have limited information about their surroundings, and they are under time pressure.

An outside observer (with blueprints of the building) will have more information and less emotional involvement. The outside observer will be able to map out an escape in a more efficient way.

When solving a complicated problem, we must be in the shoes of the outside observer, rather than the one trapped inside a burning building. To do this, we must consider looking into the problem in a distanced way.