Zen and Analysis


February 6, 2014

 I was playing an online game the other day, Taptiles, which is a three-dimensional version of Mahjong. And I found that I played better when I didn’t first play it.

What? Sounds a little Zen-like.

In this game, the tiles will come tumbling down to a screen, and you have to match them up when they stop. The temptation is to watch them as they fall, and then began to search for matching tiles.

I found that if I do that, it takes me longer because I first spent time watching the falling and attempted to remember what I’ve seen, rather than looking away from everything, or better, just closing my eyes and then looking at the entire picture when it is settled. In doing that, I am seeing potential patterns without first looking for them. What is happening is that I’m just trying to get a general sense of where everything is and then get started.

What does this have to do with CI analysis? Sometimes, we are dragged too quickly into analysis because of the details that we have at the start. Then we then tend to dwell on these early details, giving them too much weight, just because we found them first.

To break free from that mentality, somehow stand back and away from your data before you go into your final stage analysis, or, better, before you begin any analysis whatsoever. By being dragged into the data before you have mastered it and sorted it out, you run the danger of missing the big picture. What you have to do in such cases is to see the data, but not look at it.

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