Knowing how to lose a game is just as beneficial as knowing how to win.
Inversion is a thinking tool which helps us find answers to questions we need to solve in order to be more successful. You simply take a common question that most people ask in a given situation and you flip it around.
For example, an offensive coordinator typically asks, “How can we score more points?” Using inversion, we would instead ask, “How could we score less points?”
Some answers would be:
- We could average less yards on first down.
- We could throw more interceptions.
- We could run poor routes.
- We could call low converting plays on third down.
You’re essentially finding out what you don’t want to do.
As simple as that sounds, most people do not take the time to think like this. Instead, we often try to find the elaborate answers to simple questions. We try to outthink people, rather than eliminate the simple things that take away from success.
Innovation doesn’t have to involve creating more, it can also be used for eliminating things that hurt you.