This episode is about the theme tune of the kids’ TV animation “Bob the Builder – Can we fix it? Yes we can!”
A test group of people is asked to repeat twenty times over:
“I can fix it!”
Then they are given problems to ‘fix.’
Another test group is asked to repeat this sentence twenty times:
“Can I fix it?”
Then they are given the same problems to ‘fix.’
Which group does best in the problem-solving?
If you said: the group which is reflective and questioning, questing and open-minded, you are CORRECT! Congratulations.
Pondering a problem, perhaps with the possibility that you might not succeed, gets to better outcomes than declaring definitively that you will get there.
This is the art of being a fixer, a disorganizer.
Ask good questions – of yourself and others – rather than making assertions.
You have to live in the uncertainty that you might fail; but doing so means, you are less likely to!
This Much We Know.