Learning Humility in Africa Natitingou Benin West Africa Tuesday, October 3, 2006
I was a philosophy major; I learned some techniques of critical thinking and logic. There are three major lessons I wish I could remember.
1. Do not reinvent the wheel. The solutions to problems exist; search the whole area before you start to think.
2. Devote my time to existing solutions. Spend more time looking for sources of answers problems already identified, and the solutions.
3. Collect Ideas, they are what are valuable.
Many problems in the world have solutions. The solution is difficult to find, but there is somebody on the other side of the planet maybe, studying this problem. They come up with a great idea, the solutions to problem and publish it in some journal, and there is sits, collecting dust.
I am amazed when I find a person who is working on solutions, way ahead of me, and I am happy in this instance. I think I have discovered quite by accident a man in Niger who has a great project and is helping Niger to solve problems of malnutrition. I am going to go visit him soon, his name is Josef.