Ohio State University recently published results from their research on "aha!" moments.
They made a game to see what they could learn from people who gain sudden insight about the secret to winning.
"Those who HAD EPIPHANIES spent LESS TIME LOOKING at OTHERS’ choices and more time considering the result of [their own] trials - whether they won or lost."
Here's what I got from it:
When we're looking for breakthrough we should spend less time focused on others' outcomes, and more time focused on our own process.
The truth is sometimes we don't want to face our own "trials"! We'd much rather get the answer from a classmate than solve for the solution ourselves.
We'd much rather learn what path "other people" are on (e.g., LinkedIn). The lifestyle "other people" have (e.g., Instagram). Or maybe how "other companies" are competing.
But when we direct our attention to "them", it means we don't have full focus "within". And we might MISS the PROBLEM.
"...YOU HAVE TO LOOK WITHIN TO TRULY EXPERIENCE EPIPHANY learning...it's BETTER to THINK about a problem THAN to simply FOLLOW OTHERS..."
We've been taught to seek advice when we need help. People think parents, mentors, coaches, therapists, and others should "tell them what to do". But the problem is MANY OF THEM DO. And it strips us of OWNERSHIP.
We often seek advice for answers. But what we REALLY WANT is DIRECTION. Which is why I say the BEST ADVICE is often a QUESTION.
You'll be surprised how many ANSWERS you'll find once you learn HOW to GET INSIDE.