The Feynman 4 steps to Productivity.

Richard Feynman was a Nobel prize winning theoretical physicist responsible for many of the foundational concepts that have pioneered new realms of thinking. He attributes all his success to his ability to learn. He never believed in natural ability, you have to try hard. Effort is what drives learning, but using the right tools and framework excels learning.

 The Feynman 4 piece for productivity can be applied to help you learn or get you out of a rut.

 1.) Stop trying to know it all.

You don’t have all the answers, but you know how to ask questions. Clinical experience doesn’t mean having an answer to every question, but knowing where to look for answers for any question. Being an expert is more than having knowledge of a topic but being resourceful. One must also recognize the limits of their ability to understand something in its entirety. You can know a great deal, but you can’t know everything. This isn’t a call for laziness, but a recognition of being honest with yourself.


SLPs need to take advantage of the networks available. The resources and knowledge available on the different facebook groups, instagram pages and twitter feeds make it easier than ever to ask questions.


2.) Don’t worry about what others think.

This has become somewhat of a parody in today’s scrolling culture. But the ancient wisdom holds true, you suffer most when you value the perceptions of others over your own. When we outsource our self-esteem on what others think of us, we always end up empty. No one has ever said on their deathbed “I really should have cared more about what other people think of me.”


SLPs get a great deal of pushback from other disciplines and staff members. We cannot be deterred by others ignorance of what we do. We always strive to bridge the gap but know when you have given all you got and that is good enough.


3.) Don’t think about what you want to be but what you want to do.

It is your actions that lead to your success, not your thoughts. You can’t change your thoughts without changing your actions. This is why building routines is essential to success. You make time to do the things that add value to your life. For example, if you want to be a writer you must write. You can’t think about writing and expect to be a writer.


We are defined by what we do, not by what we think.


4.) Have a sense of humor and talk honestly.

Honesty is what makes relationships valuable. Honesty enables you to be yourself and invites others to be authentic as well. Humor is the spice of life. It enhances every aspect. The best relationships allow you to laugh honestly at the world.

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