The first story in Richard Feynman’s fine collection of personal stories is about his work as a boy fixing radios. Early on, Feynman learned that he was much more successful when he stopped and thought before approaching a problem.
He was fixing a radio for a man who didn’t understand this.
So the guy says, “What are you doing? You come to fix the radio, but you’re only walking back and forth!”
I say, “I’m thinking!”
After fixing the man’s radio, Feynman got some referral work.
He got me other jobs, and kept telling everybody what a tremendous genius I was, saying, “He fixes radios by thinking!”