Solving problems is how you expand.


I am an emotional person. Whenever I face a problem, I get overwhelmed by my emotions that I cannot think clearly and logically. I have to take some time off to blow off some steam.

My initial reaction to a problem is to get frustrated, annoyed, or angry... rather easily. I react to a problem by overreacting.

But I have a friend who is a problem solver. Whenever he faces a problem, his initial reaction is to think of a solution. That’s why as the head of operations of our company, he has helped increase the company’s revenues by nine times at least. The team has also grown from four to 16.

Fortunately for us, his problem solving skills are rubbing off on us.

My friend is now letting me handle a department of the company. When problems arise, my first reaction is... to still get frustrated, annoyed, or angry. I am still emotional. But after venting out my emotions to the Lord and to my wife and to some confidants, our team sits down and thinks of solutions to our problems.

The culture of our company takes on my friend’s knack for solving problems. Without him, the company’s revenues and our team would not grow as large as they are now.

This made me realize that if you wish to grow as a person, in your career, in your business, and in your relationships you have to solve problems.

You have to solve your problems. And, especially in business, you have to solve other people’s problems.

Solving problems is how you expand. From solving the problems of less than 10 clients, our company is now trying to solve the problems of more than 80.

If you wish to have a happy marriage (two years in and my wife and I are still a happy couple), you cannot just ignore problems and hope they go away. You have to sit down, talk, and try to solve your problems. Our marriage is also stronger because of the problems we have faced and solved.

When solving problems, it is imperative that you have a bias for coming up with solutions (and implementing them).

What problems are you facing? Don’t just get stuck in your problems. Think of solutions and act on them.

Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. — Isaiah 41:10

P.S. This got me thinking. I really wish to grow my blog. But, what problem is it solving? What problem is it solving for me? More importantly, what problem is it solving for you?

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