When we stumble upon a problem or a challenge, we often try to solve it by looking at how others have solved the same or similar problems. First Principles thinking is a way to break this thinking pattern and discover new and better solutions.
Identify and define your current assumptions.
Next time you face a problem or a challenge, write down your current assumptions.
Break down the problem into its fundamental principles.
The fundamental principles are the most basic truths or elements of the problem.
Create new solutions from scratch.
These solutions should be created directly from the fundamental principles.