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Problem Solved

There’s still more I know about me.

My problems are small and very solvable. I could tell stories, and have, or write about my problems that I’ve overcome. But I won’t wear my problems on my sleeve because I know in the big picture, mine are small compared to what’s going on with the person in the cube next to me, across town or around the world.

In business, there are expectations that every problem has a solution and before we go to our supervisor or CEO for advice we damn well better come prepared with a potential solution (or two, or three) to kick around. The best solution to an existing problem often develops from your very own thinking. It may not be exactly how you planned it, but if you come to the table empty handed, you’re going to get eye rolls and smirks rather than the help and advice you really need. That’s just being proactive.

This same concept applies to real life. We can bemoan the fact that life is unfair, that we’re being beaten down by the haters, that we’re unfortunate, unlucky, unable to solve each little crisis. But face it, life presents crisis to everyone. Everyday. It’s how we handle the crisis that makes us better, gives us character and enables us to not just help ourselves but take it one step further and help others.

Is your cucumber bitter? Throw it away. Are there briars in your path? Turn aside. That is enough. Do not go on and ay, ‘Why were things of this sort ever brought into the world?'” — Marcus Aurelius

The most obvious solutions to our problems are often right in front of us. Don’t let fear or uncertainty keep you from making the tough decision. You can’t whine away a problem and if you become indecisive, you’re dead.


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