Problems After Problems – Yuck!

@pillusch (1147)
September 15, 2010 2:54pm CST
“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.” I don’t know who said that originally, but it does sound a chord, doesn’t it? I mean, the way I see it life is meant to be difficult, is meant to be a series of problems which have to be solved. Take a problem, any problem. We only recognize it as a problem because it’s just a touch outside the field of our capacity to solve it. In order to solve the situation, we have to expand. In other words, we have to learn and grow, acquire new skills in order to solve that particular problem. Once we have acquired those skills, we solve the problem. And henceforth, when a similar situation arises, we don’t define it as a problem, don’t ‘see’ it as a problem anymore, since we have the skill set to work through the situation and go on with our lives. But then a funny thing happens. A new problem arises, just a touch outside our field of our capacity to solve it and we ......... I guess you get the picture. Apart from that I’m convinced that the powers that be never present us with a problem which we are not, at least potentially, able to solve.
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@LaurenInLA (2270)
• United States
15 Sep 10
I love that quote. I worked for a man who said that in our field of business we really only had about 10 problems and that we solved the same ones over and over again. I agree that we never get more than we can handle although when you are in the middle of a problem, it doesn't always seem that way. It also seems that you never have one problem but that you have multiple ones that hit you at the same time.
@pillusch (1147)
• Mexico
15 Sep 10
You mean as when it's raining on your parade? Well, I hear you, thanks for your reply.