Finding Levels of Potential

Updated: Jan 8, 2020

One of the most disciplined and focused students I’ve thus far come across had a very interesting and inspiring workspace set up for studying. On the screen saver of the computer being worked from was a picture of Albert Einstein. Each day when this particular student would sit down to work there staring back on the screen was an image of Einstein.

One of the quotes (paraphrased here) from Einstein that came part and parcel with this image was this…

‘A problem cannot be solved at the same level at which it was created’.


Imagine each day as you sat to work on your craft you took a moment or two to clear the cobwebs of any ‘problems’ before rocking the ‘solutions’ to your studies at hand.

This brings back a ‘go to’ practice – the Woop strategy. Recap - with the Woop Strategy you identify a Wish, Outcome, Obstacle and Plan (to overcome the obstacle). Check out

Let’s check out the following hypothetical example. (Remember your Woop is unique to you).

Wish = to sit down and study for 20 minutes

Outcome = will have greater understanding of the work covered over the next 20 minutes

Obstacle = procrastination

Plan – If I experience procrastination I will walk to desk, grab my book, open it and set the timer for 20 minutes and start studying.

If you are confronted with a challenge in your studies do not be afraid to ask for advice, seek support and explore ‘solutions’. Test, test and test again any and all constructive ‘solutions’ until you find something that works.

The key is to never give up and remember...

‘How you express your potential is entirely up to you’.

With Arete,


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