Cannot be solved by a human being …

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Sometimes we’re faced with a problem which seems insurmountable.

We just don’t know where to start.

But if we put the enormity of the problem out of our minds and just make a start, a solution will often emerge.

You just have to make a start.

And here’s a weirdly mesmerising example of someone solving a problem that “cannot be solved by a human being”.

(If you’re not into Sudoku, don’t be put off  — you will soon be hooked and you’ll be wanting to share it with your friends and colleagues!)

In these challenging times, a little dogged persistence can go a long way.

And, as you move forward, you may well find that what were once constraints become the keys to the solution (the chess move rules). Necessity can be the mother of invention.

Also, at three-quarters of the way through the video, he still only has 1s and 2s in the grid — then solves all the remaining numbers within 5 minutes.

How often is that mirrored in life?!?

You just have to make a start — and keep pushing forward.


At the time of writing, Simon Anthony, the guy in the video, had 200,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. I don’t think this is solely down to the fact that he’s good at Sudoku puzzles. He draws us into the puzzle through humility rather than boasting about his own skill. His comments at the end are not about what he has achieved but are an appreciation of the work of the puzzle setter:

“Mitchell Lee (the puzzle setter) has come up with a work of sublime genius … thank you Mitchell.”

If you would like to read more about him, here’s a link to The Guardian article.