This was an illogical problem but nevertheless my creative knack made me find an answer pertaining to the background I come from, i.e. Science. This was damn funny, here it goes..
First read the forwarded mail which came to me:
After reading this I wondered if this meant that one who's not an engineer is not smart! I read it once again and then my creative mind ticked! I noticed that although there were responses from an Art, Commerce and a Medical student, there was still something missing - the response of a Science student! This was it, I knew I got an opportunity to fill the shoes of the Science student in the content and drafted my answer with some scientific creativity as shown under:
I couldn't stop laughing at the final outcome and trust me I made it in a mere 10 minute post-lunch break! I showed it to a few colleagues passing by my desk and they too laughed out aloud! :) I sent this reply back to my colleague and there was laughter all around! Although we enjoyed a lot, I made it clear that by this I mean no offence to my Engineer friends!
So, what's the learning? I believe that one's smartness is a function of personal attributes and presence of mind and not of one's educational degree! Add some creativity, you not only find a solution but also spread some joy and happiness! Although this was just a case of a humorous email, what will you do if you come across an actual problem? Is such situations you should:
- Be attentive to the details provided, probe if you need to know more.
- Recollect if you have ever faced such a situation before and have successfully solved it. If yes, apply it.
- If it's the first time you're facing a problem, start off by thinking of different approaches to solve the problem.
- Nothing is right or wrong - if you think your approach has a way out, discuss the feasibility of its success with seniors/ colleagues and apply asap.
- Be judgemental - you should be the first one expressing confidence in your approach.
- Think how you can solve using your creative side of the brain - can you bring some change by thinking of the unthinkable? Can you motivate people by using creative techniques (it never costs more).
PS - There is no certain rule of Darwin's 10:6 survival rate. If the engineer could drop the 'T' from two and ten then I find it fair for a Science student to apply survival rate of 10:6 when it could be anything from 1:15 to 15:1 amongst 16 bacteria! ;)