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Finding the Cat

In the image above, there's a cat hidden somewhere amongst all those faces.

If you have a clock nearby -- ideally one that tracks seconds -- have a look at it.

Now, I'm going to ask you to attempt to find that cat in under one minute.

Ready? Go...




Time's up.

Were you able to find the cat in under a minute?

If so, nice job! If not, I'll give you another chance in a few paragraphs, I promise.

Right now, let's think about how you went about searching for the cat, and how similar the process is to how we solve problems in general.

First, you probably tried to look at the entire picture all at once to see if the cat was right there in plain sight. Taking a look at the big picture to see if an obvious solution stands out is a smart thing to do... but things are rarely that simple.

And so, when the "big picture" didn't provide you with an immediate solution, you did a deep dive into the details.