As a journalist I am often asked by editors to tackle complicated subjects with little or no idea of what these editors are talking about or what the topic involves.
At first, earlier in my career, these kinds of assignments made me want to zip myself into a sleeping bag and bury myself in some sand hole. I could not go to the assigners for more clarification – they would think me incompetent and not at all in control of my game. I could just ignore the assignment and wait for a bolt of other worldly insight to hit me. Or I could tackle it the way you eat an elephant, one piece at a time.
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