Are you going to create solutions or create and run away from problems when times are tough?
Being a problem solver is a unique skill that very few people have. However, almost every single person has the ability to find or create a problem and bring it up to attention of others without offering a solution. What value does that bring? None! All you have at that point is a problem without a solution. What we all should be thinking about is how to find a solution to a problem that you have uncovered before appropriate action can be taken to fix the problem or overcome the challenge that you may be facing. So, many of us a very quick in bringing and voicing our problem to the world in hopes that someone helps us to find the solution, and often we are ready to wait as long as it takes until somehow someway the problem either disappears or someone helps us to fix it. But why wait? Why not attack the issue head on and look for ways to overcome it? Why not explore opportunities that may be already available to us, all we must do just open our eyes and reach for it. This does not mean that we must solve all problems we encounter on our own, quite the opposite. There are people, subject matter expects, who might have encountered very similar problem before, so all we need to do is just reach out to them for feedback and guidance. However, because we choose to ignore opportunities that may be already available to us, we put off taking action for another time, procrastinating, hoping to find a quicker and easier route to help us solve an issue or problem that we are facing.
Be a problem solver in everything that you do, no matter what you do professionally. When you encounter an issue or a problem, immediately begin searching for a way to solve it using tools and resources available to you already and reaching out to subject matter experts around you for input and feedback. Doing so, would help you to focus on issue resolution instead of complaining and excuse-making that nobody wants or need to hear. If you have a reputation as a problem solver, people will be coming to you seeking your help and guidance, which is a good reputation to have, no matter the type of business or industry that you are in. Nobody comes to a person who complains all the time asking for their help in solving a problem. Why? Because, person seeing help only expects to hear is more complaining and reasons why a particular problem or situation cannot be solved, and then fall back to a typical tune highlighting how unfair the world is and so on. Do you find it helpful in any way? I certainly don’t. It’s like surrounding yourself with constantly negative people and expecting to receive a boost of positive energy. So, if you want to become a problem-solver, surround yourself with problem-solvers and work together towards finding most effective ways to overcome challenges and issues that you may be facing today or in the future. Running away from problems or pretending that problem does not exist is not a solution. Are you ready to become a problem-solver or will you continue to hope challenges that you may be facing today would disappear on their own?
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