Episode 368: Your favorite twelve problems

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March 3, 2021


Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman had a trick of always maintaining a list of his twelve favorite problems. Anything new he learned he tested whether it could be used on any of those twelve, and he attributed his success to this technique. 

This episode gives a short overview of Feynman’s approach and how you can apply it.

I learned of this tip from Tiago Forte’s course, Building a Second Brain.


Key points include:

  • Richard Feynman’s path to becoming a genius
  • The dormant state of ideas
  • Passive problem solving