Do problems always have solutions?
Seth Godin, in a recent blog, talked about problems. He noted that if a problem doesn’t have a solution, then it is not a problem! It may be a regrettable situation, but not a problem. Instead, it’s something you have to live with.
Some examples in my current life, and why I’m writing about it:
- I’m holding a function on Saturday. For it, I’ve spent more time than I can count on preparations, and then even more time worrying over whether anyone would show up. As it happens, there are so many people showing up I will have to start turning people back. Is that a problem? Not really. The only “problem” is how I’m going to let people know the event is filled. Nothing else is possible at this point.
- In that function, there will be all kinds of new experiences for some of the participants, and I want to make sure there is good support for these people. As it happens, most of those who signed up are new, and to make it a good experience for them, I need more experienced people to be there too. Is that a problem? Yes it is! And I have a solution – recruit a few more experienced people, and have additional material and support on hand.
All problems, without exception, have solutions. Isn’t that comforting to know? It is to me!
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Quote of the Week
“Generally speaking, books don’t cause much harm. Except when you read them, that is. Then they cause all kinds of problems.”
― Pseudonymous Bosch, The Name of This Book Is Secret
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