One of my favoritest tools is counterexamples. I use this anytime I’m struggling to identify, refine, or understand the edges of something. (Which is a lot!)
When examining a thing, look for counterexamples where that thing does not hold.
Here’s an example: Imagine you believe you best take in information visually:
- Look for cases where visual input did not help at all.
- Search for cases where hearing, smelling, or tasting was critical to understanding information.
- Move around your memory feeling out times when you needed physical action and activity to bring the information in.
Similar to The Rule of Three, if you can’t find any counterexamples, you’re not searching hard enough 😄