Julian Stodd uses personal experience to highlight how we react when dealing with an unknown problem. Julian illustrates how when faced with an unfamiliar scenario we fall back onto the maxim drummed into most of us in childhood ‘If at first you fail, try, try, try again’. The point made is that when faced with something new we shouldn’t simply try an old response to overcome it, the importance of innovation and seeking wisdom from others is key.

This analogy is particularly apt when viewed through a health care lens. The world in which we operate is constantly changing and by putting some time and effort into research we could be saving ourselves and our patients much time and effort when a different approach may provide a faster and more efficient route to our goal.

So talk to people, read the latest thinking and maybe, find yourself a paddle.