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What is 1+1?

Easy! 1+1 = 2

But in actual scenario, we may get different answers from different people:

Young children who have just learnt Addition: 1+1 = 2

People who think in Chinese: 一+一 = 王

(One is 一 in Chinese, and if arrange vertically, you get the Chinese character 王)

For Korean lovers: 1+1 = gwiyomi

Secondary school students who have just learnt binary: 1+1 = 10

What other answers can you think of?

There is no one and single answer in this world, we are searching for alternate answers whether at work or in life. In school, students learn that there is only one answer, especially the MCQ. Students will slowly lose the creativity if teachers and parents cultivate a “one-answer-only” environment.

Thus, students must train themselves to not only think out of the box, but think out of the world. You can do the following PQR:

  1. Play! Physical games or electronics games, you choose. Either one, playing helps in creating a different environment that is full of excitement. Personally, I prefer physical games because when you play, you have better blood circulation. Better blood circulation leads to faster brain activity.
  2. Question. Ask why and how. When you have one answer, always ask yourself, is there another answer? When you find that doing something in a particular way is dull and repetitive, ask yourself, can you do it another way? Innovative machines sometimes come from one question.
  3. Read different types of books, be it detective, horror, fantasy, novel, love, etc. Different types of books bring you to different worlds, expose you to different ideas and ignite your curiosity.

Continue the good habits above into adulthood. At work, find a better and faster way to do your job. In life, think of better way to enjoy life. If we want to do our jobs better or live a better life, we must always be creative and innovative.

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