Put your subconscious to work so you don’t have to

Fishing for ideas?

Fishing for ideas? (Nha Trang, Vietnam

In the ancient watertown of Hongcun, the Chinese thought of everything – including private indoor fishing holes in the homes along the canal. Just open the gate, add some bait and wait. After the fish swam in for brunch the ancient non-mariners closed the exit. Solving problems with creative solutions is like setting fish traps. Set the bait by defining the problem. Then walk away, and spend some time doing something else like driving, watching a movie, taking a nap, jogging around the block, writing your blog and setting more traps. Keep setting traps by posing more questions. This puts your subconscious to work so you don’t have to. Through heightened awareness, solutions that you never would have noticed start to swim in and all you have to do is catch them. Have you found that when you set a trap, answers fall into your lap?

fish trap

Hongcun aquarium



  1. edmond0925 says:

    Thank you for sharing this great post! Keep up the good work!

  2. What a wonderful thoughts you have here, keep it up.

  3. I totally agree on this. You have to work hard and think some strategies to put your subconscious work in energy! Thanks for sharing.

  4. olivia34newton says:

    Very inspiring thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thanks for this great example, David.

    Yes, I find that I, oftentimes, solve programming or design problems in my sleep/dreams or just by walking away from the problem and letting it ‘rest.’ (Have you any idea what a rush it is to dream that you’re inside the ‘landscape’ of a Photoshop file?:)
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  6. By the way, this inspiring thoughts of you did a great overcome for me. It totally drag me up and decide for myself. I thank you.

  7. You had a really great thought..Thanks a lot for sharing to us..You have to work hard and think some strategies to put your subconscious work in energy!

  8. you really did a great point here 🙂 i like how you elaborate it. it’s truly inspiring!

  9. Faith@RushcardPro says:

    So my suggestion is to review your 60s rock and listen to the song again. I still don’t know if “moss grows fat on a rolling stone” is about Mick, Keith, Charlie, Bill and Brian (as it would have been then) or Bob Dylan’s song “Like a Rolling Stone”–or even Jann Wenner, the publisher of “Rolling Stone” magazine?

  10. This is a very insightful post! Yes that is many times happening to me. I have not noticed that the solution is just about my face. I agree that being creative is really a great skill.