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  • Good Morning.

  • Ask why.

  • What is that really mean?

  • I want you guys to hold that thought. Before we get going here,

  • I'm gonna draw on a few words of wisdom from a wise man.

  • "We cannot solve our problems

  • with the same thinking we used when we created them."

  • Today, we are going to explore a switch in your approach to problems solving.

  • Solving problems is something we do everyday. Coming up the solutions.

  • Some of those problems are fairly minor and some are a little bit more complex.

  • For example, feeling hungry, relatively simple problem.

  • Easy solution - I find food.

  • Now especially at Brentwood? we almost take that for granted.

  • However, if you were lost out in the woods,

  • I'd be quite certain

  • that solution would be a little bit more difficult to achieve.

  • On the other hand,

  • some problems are more complex.

  • I need to get to Vancouver. The problem is, I'm on an island.

  • The solution may involve taking a bus, may involve taking a ferry,

  • maybe involves taking a taxi.

  • A little bit more problem solving, a little bit more complex solution.

  • However, if I have a car at my disposal,

  • that's going to be a much easier solution to achieve.

  • So now that we've used the word "problem" a little bit,

  • I think it's important that we, perhaps, just take a look at that exact word.

  • What is a problem?

  • According to the Oxford dictionary,

  • a problem is a doubtful or difficult matter requiring a solution,

  • or a thing that is difficult to achieve or accomplish.

  • And as we just heard, there's a variety of different problems

  • and each of these problems has their own idiosyncrasies.

  • They have their own nuances. They are all different.

  • So what is one common thing, a common thread

  • that we can use to relate all problems?

  • I believe that all problems are consistent in two ways:

  • success and obstacles.

  • Success is what we trying to achieve.

  • And obstacles are challenges in the way of success.

  • And in case if you kind of think about it,

  • if you don't have any of obstacles in the way of your problem,

  • then all you are left with is success.

  • We all encounter problems. Those problems are different.

  • But let me ask you, is it the problems themselves that are different?

  • Or is it the lens through which the problems are viewed that is different?

  • Or is it both?

  • As we go about our day, we all encounter different problems.

  • And we see those problems through a different lens.

  • We each have a different view point.

  • Consequently, we see the world differently.

  • So what do I mean by that?

  • What do you see here?

  • What's the first thought that comes to your mind when you see this picture?

  • Is it the Eiffel Tower? Is it France?

  • Is it Europe? Is it a city?

  • The important thing to remember is that each and every person in this room

  • is gonna see this object in this picture differently.

  • Let's try it again.

  • What do you see here?

  • Do you see strawberries? Do you see a dessert?

  • Maybe you see 2,000 calories.

  • But ultimately, your viewpoint is different than the person next to you.

  • What do you see here?

  • I know what I see.

  • I see a bunch of hockey sticks.

  • Did you see it hockey sticks? Did you see a road?

  • Did you see a bench?

  • If you did see hockey sticks, what did you think?

  • Did you think of the Stanley Cup? Did you think of the Roscoe?

  • Did you think of Canada, Olympics, gold medals?

  • The point is, that each and every one of us has a different viewpoint

  • and that viewpoint differs between this room,

  • between the views in this room.

  • It spreads across age, spreads across generations,

  • spreads across demographics, geographics.

  • What that means is, what you see is going to be different

  • than what your parents see,

  • than what your teachers see,

  • than what your grandparents see.

  • So how do problems and viewpoints relate?

  • How can we draw those two together?

  • We cannot collectively solve problems

  • unless we appreciate and acknowledge that each and every person here

  • has a different viewpoint.

  • It's that variety in viewpoints

  • that is going to enable us to solve all problems in new ways

  • and it's going to enable us to creatively solve new problems as they are presented.

  • To focus on challenging,

  • we need to challenge complacent solutions.

  • We must switch the way we look at problems.

  • We all encounter different problems.

  • So wouldn't it be nice to draw

  • on as many viewpoints as possible to solve those problems?

  • Thinking outside the box, it's a common cliche,

  • doesn't necessarily mean coming up with a new solution.

  • Maybe what it means

  • is switching your approach to coming up with those solutions,

  • gathering as many different viewpoints as possible,

  • listening to what other things are being said,

  • listening to what other people are saying.

  • So how do we do that?

  • I heard a man to tell me one time, they said

  • the most important three-letter word in the English language is ask.

  • Ask questions.

  • Ask for other opinions.

  • Ask to hear different viewpoints.

  • We, we can collectively influence a decision.

  • We can collectively change the outcome of a problem when we ask why.

  • Why are we doing it that way?

  • Why did we do it that way last time?

  • Why do we think that this solution will work again?

  • Because the answer if you receive back to that question

  • is "that's the way we've always done it",

  • or because that's status quo,

  • how can you expect different results?

  • You see, ultimately the mind is an extremely powerful tool.

  • But so is the mind of the person sitting next to you

  • and the person sitting next to them.

  • Collaborate ideas encourage different opinions

  • and solve problems using different thoughts

  • or thinking that was used to create them.

  • So I leave you with this.

  • The next time you are asked to think outside the box,

  • I want you to take a step back

  • and look at the box from the outside in.

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

Good Morning.

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【TEDx】Ask Why | Andrew Higginson | TEDxBrentwoodCollegeSchool

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