New Research project: Send me your problem statements

Feedback on the Next Right Action worksheet has been very helpful so far, thank you. As a sucker for punishment, I want to test the model at scale, so for the next 1,000 people who send me a problem, I will think it through with the worksheet and send it back to you. This is part of my research on problem solving. A goal of this research is to gather data around common daily problems and the most effective approaches to them. A couple of the hypotheses I am testing include:

  • Most problems fail the urgency/importance test.
  • Most acute problems have a systemic root.
  • Most people never engage System 2 for problem solving.

I will engage my System 2 on your problem. You may get some insights on how to approach your problem, you may think my approach sucks. Either way, we have both taken action and the research will move ahead. Let’s do this!

My character strengths

One of my favorite tools of self analysis is the via character strength profile . I hear a lot of advice (which i agree with) that people should play to their strengths and not avoid their fears. But what are my strengths ? Character strengths? This tool tells you. My top six are Creativity, love of learning, perspective, honesty, perseverance (resilience), and judgement. Pretty much straight up ceo stuff. That makes sense.

Do This: Find your Bulletproof Baseline (six new assessments)

Measuring Bulletproofness

Bulletproof Labs, is working on a new battery of assessments to measure how “Bulletproof” someone is.  While “Bulletproof” in many ways is a marketing term which defines a lifestyle brand, the brand seems to be putting some work into quantitive measurements (in the good old hacker vein of “data is good”).  Over at Bulletproof Training Institute,  they have taken a stab at how to measure “Bulletproof” through a series of self-reported assessments.  These are mostly clinical or academic assessments that have been well tested and validated.  Bulletproof Labs has implemented digital versions of each of these assessments as part of developing their business.  The assessments are here:

BP Labs Happiness Assessment

BP Labs Brief Resilience Scale

BP Labs Subjective Vitality Scale

BP Labs Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale

BP Labs Emotional Intelligence Questionaire

BP Labs Flourishing Scale

Taking all six will take you less than half an hour.  Each assessment has a results page and a follow-up email pointing to the underlying research and some advice on what to do if you want to change your score.  I look forward to how BP Labs is going to integrate assessments into their business.  From my experience after taking over 1,000 of these things of all shapes and sizes, these six assessments give you a pretty good window into how well you are living life.  For a quick snapshot, take these six.  Contemplate the results.  Decide if you want to change anything to move any of these scales in a different direction.