The Paper Airplane Principle – Process and Application
You are probably wondering who this person is and what they have to do with the Paper Airplane Principle. We will get to that, but you may want to read about the Paper Airplane Principle if you have not yet before you learn how to apply this principle.
There is an easy and a hard way of doing things. Just like flying a paper airplane into or with it the wind. Either way, the airplane will fly. It then becomes matter what is more sustainable and the goal. There are times you will be doing it the easy way and it won’t seem to work. I am reminded of a story about my grandfather who what a plumber.
My grandfather, Arthur Scholze, volunteered to help a summer camp with putting in new showers kits. He loved getting whatever he was doing right the first time. He had all the experience, right tools, and equipment necessary install these showers. My grandfather measured and made sure everything was level and prepped for the shower kit. He placed the shower into the hole and it was unlevel. He then pulled it back out. He then checked the level and measured again. Everything was correct. He placed the shower back on the spot. It was still unlevel. He was annoyed now. He pulled it out and repeated the same steps. He then placed the shower in the hole once more. It was STILL unlevel. My grandfather looked the gentleman that was helping him and said with a gleam in his eye, “This is going to take a little custom fitting.” My grandfather proceeded to punch the shower and it fell right into place.
The point is you could have done everything correctly but it may just take a “little custom fitting.” With the right and slight adjustments, you could be closed to having success on your hands.
When it comes to process, the key to begin with what you know or what you have tried. Thomas Edison did not invent the incandescent light bulb until over 1000 failures. He learned from each one until he found the right combination. He did not look at these failures as an end, but rather the chance to begin with better data. Now if you were going to create a light bulb, would you try to do it from scratch? Of course not! You would begin with the current light bulb and learn everything about it before you invented your own light bulb. This is working smarter and not harder or better yet….flying with the wind!
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