The famous detective character created by Agatha Christie is no ordinary man. Unlike other fictional characters, his methods of using ‘the little grey cells’ can be applied outside the world of television. Perhaps not to solve a murder case, mon ami, but just to reflect on the stage called life.
Let us for a moment utilise his way of thinking:
Never believe what you see until you’ve had time to study it. A situation may occur in such a way to confuse or mislead you. Some people want you to see things the way they decide them to be.
Take time to observe, not from one angle, but many.
People make mistakes. Look for details left unnoticed or overlooked before they disappear.
4. Stay in the Middle
Listen to everyone. Hear what they have to say. Don’t be biased, but don’t forget, sometimes the culprit acts the victim.
5. Reflect Upon the Order of Events
Be meticulous in reflecting upon the order of events and clues. And watch the truth unfold before you. Voila!
Hercule Poirot may indeed just be a fictional character with an extraordinary manner of thinking. But if you look beyond his inflated ego, his ability to discover things unnoticed by most is outstanding.
“You have the mistaken idea implanted in your head that a detective is necessarily a man who puts on a false beard and hides behind a pillar! The false beard, it is vieux jeu, and shadowing is only done by the lowest branch of my profession. The Hercule Poirot, my friend, need only to sit back in a chair and think.” – Hercule Poirot.