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  1. Come up with new ideas all the time. Never read passively. Take notes, models, think, and analyze as you read, even when you think you're reading pre-course / introductory material. This way, you will always strive to understand things, at the level of detail that will allow you to be creative/creative.

    Learn to learn fast. One of the most important talents in the 21st century is the ability to learn almost anything instantly( very quickly), so develop/hone this talent. Be capable of rapid prototyping/creating a real implementation of ideas. Learn how your brain works. (I often need a 20-minute nap after loading a large amount of information into my brain, followed by half a cup of coffee. Understanding how my brain works allows me to use it better.)

    Try to go away from your goal. Otherwise, you may never reach it. If you are moving towards a goal, you may or may not invent something perfect. If you are moving away from the goal, then at least you will focus your efforts on something important for you.

    The idea is as follows: you need to be clear about the end goal and make plans to achieve it, starting from this. An example from the comments to the article.

    Goal: To find out if there is life on Mars.

    First subgoal: What tests can detect life on Mars?

    Second sub-goal: What hardware is needed to perform these tests?

    The third sub-goal: How to get this equipment to Mars?

    etc.

    You should always have a long-term plan. Even if you change it every day. The process of creating such a plan is valuable in itself. And even if you review this plan frequently, you are guaranteed to get/learn something for yourself.

    Create dependency maps. Draw all the things you need to do on a large piece of paper, and display/find what depends on what. Then find those tasks that don't depend on anything, but the rest of the tasks depend on them, and complete them first.

    Work collaboratively-collaborate with others.

    Make your mistakes quickly. You may get things wrong the first time, but do it quickly and then move on. Write down what led to the error so that you can avoid it in the future and move on. Keep mistakes out of your way. As Shakespeare said, ” Our doubts are our traitors. They make us lose what we might have won if we hadn't been afraid to try.”

    When acquiring / developing skills, write” best-practices ” notes. This way, when you go back to something you once did — you'll be able to do it as usual, using the” best-practices ” notes.

    Document everything. If you don't write something down, it may never have an impact on the world. By and large, creativity is the ability to see things correctly. Most of the most important/surprising scientific discoveries were made by accident. But if you don't document and record every observation on a daily basis and don't believe your eyes, then you won't know when you saw something important/amazing.

    Keep it simple. If something looks like something complicated, then maybe it is. If you can spend 2 days thinking about how this can be simplified 10 times, do it. This will work better, be more reliable, and have a greater impact on the world. And study what has been done before you. As they used to say in the old days: “Six months in the lab will save you half a day in the library.” The original phrase reads: “Six months in the lab can save an afternoon in the library”. The actual meaning is: “Spending half a day in the library can avoid spending six months in the lab.”

  2. The answer is insanely simple. Read books! Read as much and as often as possible. Spend at least a couple of hours a day reading, and you'll be surprised how much you can learn in just one month. Read books on different topics and authors. Don't get hung up on one thing. Enjoy reading)

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