Knowledge is worth nil without a proper thinking process to connect it across various domains.

Acquiring knowledge we all learn at school and later in life, but although a proper thinking process can also be learned, almost no emphasis is put on developing it.

Everyone can run and everyone can think. But those who train to run often will run faster, longer and better than those who don’t. The same applies to thinking.

So then, how does training how to think look like? I think it starts with the mindset that whenever you have the feeling that something is so hard that you cannot solve it, you must go the extra mile. A great way to train this are riddles because they require combining knowledge and ideas from various backgrounds. Let’s begin with an easy one:

Once upon a time a farmer went to market and purchased a wolf, a goat, and a cabbage. On his way home, he came to a river crossing where a small boat was available. The boat was so small that the farmer could carry only himself and a single one of his purchases : the wolf, the goat, or the cabbage.

If given a chance, not in the farmer’s presence, the goat would eat the cabbage, and the wolf would eat the goat.

The goal is to keep all three of them intact and get them to the far side of the river. How would you do it?

Thomas Schindler