As long as you see yourself as a problem solver, you’ll only look for problems.
As long as others see you as problem solvers, they’ll only bring you problems.
Surround yourself with people who support you, support what you are doing, and root for your success. Avoid people who do not support you, do not understand you, do not like you, do not wish you well, and would like nothing better than to watch you fall on your ass. Your world is made up of people who are on your side, those who are neutral, and those who are not on your side. – Robert Fritz
Problems are a fact of life. The difference between how the 8% and the rest approach a problem is different.
The most successful are “Solution” minded. They look to “Create” rather than “Eliminate”.
Their worldview is different. They are holistic thinkers (Divergents?). They think strategically – as a master chess player.
They always think “Forward” – Begin with the End in Mind.
Problem solver thinkers are always oriented toward the past.
At the very heart of “Solution Creators” is – Seek First to Understand.
Humankind’s greatest achievements have come from the greatest thinkers – the 8%, questioning the accepted assumptions at the time.
Copernicus refusing to accept the sun revolves around the earth.
Founding Fathers refusing to accept that any kind of monarchy was the best form of government.
Henry Ford refusing to accept the notion that goods could not be produced in mass quantities (also the V8 story).
Ed Land and the Polaroid camera.
Every problem is Unique:
- The people are always different – Culture and values
- The PURPOSEs to be accomplished are different
- The technology appropriate to the solutions is likely different.
Solutions need to be tailored to the wants, needs, feelings, and emotions of the people involved in the solutions and implementation.
We are created in the image of God.
God is a creator not a problem solver.
Our nature then is to be a creator.