How to win: Describe the problem best
Plus the best sketchnotes from around the web.
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Welcome back to sketchy ideas.
This week we’ve got a new format, great links, and a quick visual lesson.
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The best of the web this week:
Building trust & connection for radical community change by Darren Powers on Instagram
How to draw two people spinning by Eva-Lotta Lamm
Stefan Kunz shares a quick tutorial on how to use Procreate Dreams (Have you already bought it?)
Whoever describes the problem best…
"Whoever best describes the problem is the one most likely to solve it." — Dan Roam
Have you noticed this too?
It makes sense when you think about it. Describing the problem well shows you understand it. And if you understand the problem, you're well on your way to solving it.
There are times when you know a solution but are unable to implement it due to a lack of resources or skills, but even then you still know a solution. And now you need to find a solution to your new problem.
But clarity over the problem can help in other ways too.
Todd Henry of The Accidental Creative says that when we are procrastinating or unsure what to do, it probably means we need to clarify the problem more. We don’t want to take on the project because we are unclear about what we need to do. Once we have the problem clearly defined, the rest is often easy.
There are, of course, exceptions, but here's what I'd takeaway: when you are solving a problem, test your understanding by describing it to someone else. If you can explain it clearly, you're on the right track. If not, you need to understand it better.
What do you think about Dan's quote? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments.
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