How's your deductive reasoning?

Sometimes we're faced with a problem which seems insurmountable.

We just don't know where to start.

But if we put the enormity of the problem out of our minds and just make a start, a solution will often emerge. 

You just have to make a start.

And here's a weirdly mesmerising example of someone solving a problem that "cannot be solved by a human being".

(Don't be put off by subject – you will soon be hooked and you'll be wanting to share it with your friends and colleagues!)

In these challenging times, a little dogged persistence can go a long way. 

And, as you move forward, you may well find that what were once constraints become the keys to the solution (the chess move rules). Necessity can be the mother of invention.

Also, at three-quarters of the way through the video, he still only has 1s and 2s in the grid – then solves all the remaining numbers within 5 minutes. 

How often is that mirrored in life?!? 

You just have to make a start – and keep pushing forward.


At the time of writing, Simon Anthony, the guy in the video, had 200,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. I don't think this is solely down to the fact that he's good at Sudoku puzzles. He draws us into the puzzle through humility rather than boasting about his own skill. His comments at the end are not about what he has achieved but are an appreciation of the work of the puzzle setter:

"Mitchell Lee (the puzzle setter) has come up with a work of sublime genius … thank you Mitchell."

If you would like to read more about him, here's a link to The Guardian article.

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Face-to-Face Training may not be so effective …

A typical face-to-face training session consists of a presentation by a facilitator, followed immediately by an activity to apply the learning. There is little time for reflection or deeper analysis and, as a result, activities intended to deepen learning, like role plays, tend to be superficial. There’s a quick debrief and then on to the next topic. No chance to go away and experiment in the real world in situations where there is something at stake. At the end of the training day, you’re exhausted and any learning from earlier in the day is rapidly fading.

There is a limit to how much knowledge can be crammed into the human brain in a single day.

And then, when you return to work, you have to catch-up on all the stuff that accumulated while you were away. Often, you don’t even try to apply your learning – you’re too busy getting stuff done and within days the training is a fuzzy blur.

What a waste of your time – and money!

Face-to-Face Training is Expensive

The online content in each edge course, if delivered face-to-face, would normally require 2 to 3 days and cost several times our individual and group courses. Plus, if delivered off-site, there would be additional travel and accommodation expenses and time away from work.