How to make a discovery in Physics/How to get in the "Physics Mindset" Dear physicsforums, Recently I've decided to take physics much more seriously, and - although this may sound lame - want to make a major discovery in physics. Ultimately, that's my goal. Don't tell me whether it's realistic or not, I know it isn't, and I actively ignore that. I've had a lot of free time lately, and it's given me the chance to really think about what it takes. I've been watching tons of Richard Feynman videos on youtube - which I think have helped a lot. After watching probably 40 hours of video over the last year or so, I think I have a pretty good idea about what aspects of Feynman's thinking led him to the sort of way of thinking in which he made a discovery, and why/how. I could write about that (and maybe I will later) but the subject of my post is different. I've noticed that sometimes I'm in a specific mindset that is excellent for physics. I forget almost everything, and I care about nothing else than to figure out how everything works. It's fascinating, and figuring out things in this mood is the best thing ever. It's not only effective, it's a lot of fun. However, the mindset doesn't come all the time. In fact, most of the time I don't have it. Most of the time, doing physics is anywhere from simply entertaining to frustrating/feels like a chore. On average it's probably towards the entertaining side, but it's not enough motivation when it's like this. So, my question - I'm sure there are tons of people who can relate in terms of getting in a mindset in which you just want to know how everything works. And I was wondering if people have come up with factors that contribute to the likelihood of getting in this mindset in the first place.