You have 60 minutes to solve a problem

How do you spend your time?

I started posting stories on Medium this past Saturday. I made a commitment to myself to start writing more and getting those thoughts that were locked up in my head out in the open. As I walked to my car after work today, I started thinking through the different things I could write about. I thought about my day at work and if anything in particular stood out as an interesting story as well as the past few weeks. Then it hit me! I read a quote by Albert Einstein recently that was intriguing.

“If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem, and only five minutes finding the solution.” — Albert Einstein

I fired up my computer, ignored my text messages and did a Google search to find the exact quote. What did I find? A website explaining that there is no proof that Einstein actually said anything like what you see above. Great. Now what do I do? I had this idea and now it is gone. Well what if instead I wrote about how people usually use quotes without researching them? Maybe I could find another quote by Einstein? What if I just changed the topic entirely? I sat there and asked myself questions for a bit until another idea hit me. Even if Einstein never said anything like the quote above I just spent a good chunk of time trying to solve a problem by asking myself questions.

Now, let me ask you: If you had 60 minutes to solve a problem, how would you spend your time?

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