Do you overthink everything?
In the early 2000s a parable circulated about a philosophy professor who gave his students a challenge. He lifted his chair onto his desk and assigned them to “prove that this chair does not exist.”
Silence ensued as the students furiously wrote long explanations on paper — all except one student, who took just a moment to jot down his answer and hand it in.
When the grades were announced, the class was surprised that the efficient student had landed the best grade. His response to the challenge:
High-minded theorizing and pontification is great for some things. But often, when we have a problem, we tend to overthink it.
Instead of spiraling down into a rabbit hole of reasons and explanations, the next time you’re confronted with a problem, listen to your gut first. You might be surprised how clearly it speaks.