Last week I presented a problem to illustrate how rearranging the components of the problem can help you see in different ways to develop creative solutions. Here’s the solution:

When you view the links in the context of a square, an obvious solution presents itself: break 4 links, weld 4 links = $20.

But changing the arrangement of the pieces helps you see a more efficient solution:

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Take one piece of 3 links, break the 3 links and weld them at the 3 points of the triangle = $15.



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This puzzle might seem trivial on its face. But try the rearranging technique on one of your own problems. I think you will find it remarkable how rearranging the pieces and parts helps you see the problem in an entirely new way.