See It in Reverse

Ever get stuck on a problem? No matter how many times you ask yourself how to fix it, you come up short or just blank?

Try a reversal. Ask what you might do to make the problem worse or bigger or even more disturbing. Reversals are a great way to shake up conventional approaches. They can free you from the patterns that hold you back.

Last year, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin created google.org, a for-profit philanthropic organization. They reasoned they could do more good by not having to operate within the confines of bureaucratic legal strictures. Sound counter-intutive? It is. But this year google.org is giving away more than $1 billion — and paying taxes on top of it! So next time you get stuck, try turning your problem upside down. Ask yourself a question that reverses all your assumptions.

Here’s a link to a video that reverses one of our most basic assumptions. It’s about 5 minutes long. If you decide to click it, give it about 2 minutes before making up your mind. You may be surprised at what you get out of it. Reversals are very powerful indeed!

“The way up and the way down are one and the same.” — Heraclitus

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