We all have a natural tendency to get stuck focusing on surface-level problems that are so far detached from the reality we’re actually trying to understand that we end up pushing ourselves in the wrong direction.
The Underutilized Power of Questions: How Einstein and Da Vinci Found Genius
Zat Rana

This reminds me of one of the greatest insights I’ve ever gotten, which came from my late lecturer who taught ‘Scientific Paper Writing and Presentation' class back in uni.

There’s a fundamental thing you need to do before stating what the problem is. You have to first examine whether what you think as a problem is indeed the root problem, not only part of the symptoms.

He added that this method sure can go on forever, since one thing might be the cause of another. And that was when he told us the importance of narrowing things down to a scope that make sense to us.

“You don’t have to eat everything at once,” he once said, “chewing a bit at a time is friendlier for your digestive system. And the bonus point, you get to savor all the tastes in details.”