The following is a list of my thoughts that I managed to gather in those luck breaks:
- "It doesn't matter." Here I'm dismissing a failure on my part, instead of feeling guilty or shameful or desperate. Then, I found that it really did not matter because I could find a work-around or I found I could solve it later or I found I didn't have to solve it at all.
- "There's time, I'll learn it tomorrow."
- "There must be a better book or approach, I'll find it soon."
- "I'll do it my way, I'll invent, conjure up, cook up some funny solution that however works!"
- "There's nothing in the books or on Internet for this problem. It's for me to fill this gap in human knowledge. Since I'm first, whatever I do is automatically better than Zero/Nil/Zilch etc."
- "I cannot solve this. But no one has solved it either. So no one has advantage over me."
- "This is a wrong problem to solve. Anyone who tries to solve this will get bogged down, tied down, and suffer."
- "I have no clue. I'll bluff my best and move on."
- "I have no clue. I even don't know how to bluff. I will switch my brains and do blind, purely random variations."
- "I'll give up and move onto what works. Will import what works."
Yet the results, I noticed, were so good that I must remember to give them a try any time I encounter a hard nut to crack.