^The Hairdresser with Bad Hair Syndrome: When dealing with a specific problem, an excellent technique is to, instead solve an even BIGGER problem that your specific problem is a part of. It's often easier. Scientists do this all of the time, as do problem solvers the world over.
It has its drawbacks though. As a bona-fide "know-it-all" personality, I see this in myself: it's easier to solve everybody else's problems than to solve our own. I call it the Hairdresser with Bad Hair Syndrome. You might be cutting my hair next, so please don't be mad. I like my hair.^