You're in a dark room with a candle, a wood stove, and a gas lamp. You only have one match, so what do you light first?

 

 

Answer: The Match

 

Did you get it correct? Great job! Odds are, though, that you jumped to which object you would light after lighting the match.

 

Sometimes the answer to a tough problem is obvious and right in front of our eyes. But in pressure situations, you can be biased by everything going on around you and miss the obvious choice. Using a deliberate and systematic approach to problem solving can help ensure all relevant inputs are considered and irrelevant "noise" is ignored.

 

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