Getting Unstuck.

Getting Unstuck

Finding unsolved problems these days in technology in which you, uniquely, are suited to tackle, and can make money is like finding a needle in a haystack. This is precisely my task at Mozilla Innovation, and as such, I can sometimes feel stuck, especially when outnumbered and outspent by tech’s dominant players.

This excellent post from Experimental History’s Adam Mastroianni summed up many of the logic fallacies that trip us up on our way to progress.

Where are you stuck? Once you recognize it, how do you get unstuck? Let me know! ❌ 0️⃣ 😉

  • Insufficient Activation Energy: crying “THIS IS ME TRYING” while actually just running in place.

  • Gutterballing: Excelling, but in slightly the wrong direction. Doing work that makes other people happy (going bowling), but that will slowly lead you toward failure (the gutter).

  • Waiting for Jackpot: refusing to do anything until an option arises that dominates all other options on all dimensions.

  • Declining to Face the Dragon: Missing an opportunity to do something great because it’s scary.

  • The Mediocrity Trap: Refusing to change a frustrating situation because it’s not quite bad enough to inspire action.

  • Stroking the Problem: Talking about how bad a thing is as a replacement for actually doing something about it.

  • Try Harder Fallacy: Concluding you’ll escape your situation if you just try harder next time, or assuming that you’ll do something later, when you have more energy

  • Blaming God: Pinning responsibility for being stuck on something unchangeable

  • Toothbrushing Problems v Diploma Problems: Assuming once you solve a problem it will go away forever, when really it requires maintenance.

  • Puppeteering: Trying to solve your problems by controlling others’ actions

  • Floor is Lava: Inventing fake problems and convincing yourself they are real.

  • Super Surveillance: Tracking all problems as if they were all your problem.

  • Hedgehogging: Refusing to be influenced by others, even when you should.

  • Personal Problems Growth Ray: Your problems are huge, while other people’s are appropriately sized.

  • Tiny Predictors: Focusing on improving tiny factors because you think they will lead to big outcomes.

  • Believing Satisfaction is Impossible: Self explanatory.