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Quotes to Change How You Think About Problems

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Quotes to Change How You Think About Problems
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Albert Einstein

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Robert H. Schuller

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”

Robert H. Schuller

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William F. Halsey

“All problems become smaller when you confront them instead of dodging them.”

William F. Halsey

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James Baldwin

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

James Baldwin

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Steve Maraboli

“Sometimes problems don’t require a solution to solve them; Instead they require maturity to outgrow them.”

Steve Maraboli

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Tony Robbins

“Every problem is a gift. Without them we wouldn’t grow”

Tony Robbins

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Soren Kierkegaard

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”

Soren Kierkegaard

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Shantideva

“If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?”

Shantideva

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G.K Chesterton

“It isn’t that they cannot find the solution. It is that they cannot see the problem.”

G.K Chesterton

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Gerhard Gschwandtner

“Problems are nothing but wake-up calls for creativity.”

Gerhard Gschwandtner

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Russell L. Ackoff

“We fail more often because we solve the wrong problem than because we get the wrong solution to the right problem.”

Russell L. Ackoff

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Naoto Kan

“If you are unable to understand the cause of a problem, it is impossible to solve it.”

Naoto Kan

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Duke Ellington

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”

Duke Ellington

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Robert Kiyosaki

“Inside of every problem lies an opportunity.”

Robert Kiyosaki

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Michael J. Gelb

“You can increase your problem-solving skills by honing your question-asking ability.”

Michael J. Gelb

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Colin Powell

“Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.”

Colin Powell

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Karl Popper

“All life is problem solving.”

Karl Popper

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SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

Systematic approach

Most people jump straight from finding a problem to attempting to solve it.

Having a systematic approach to how you deal with problems, as opposed to just going by gut and feelings, ca...

Study the problem first

Detectives and investigators use the process. They ask both obvious and unthinkable questions.

Get close and collect information about how the problem is manifesting.  Understand where the problem does and doesn’t happen, when the problem started, and how often the problem occurs to generate critical insight for the problem-solving effort.

Question for great answers

  • Don’t look for solutions immediately; Keep redefining the problem until you arrive at the root cause.
  • Don’t try to guess the solution; try to understand how the obstacles, or challenges manifest first.
  • Gather data to analyze all potential root causes.
  • Consider all options, regardless of how irrelevant they currently appear.
  • Find a way to connect the dots. Make better analogies. One good analogy is worth three hours of discussion.

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Moving Towards A Solution

  • Offering our kids an ear, empathy and encouragement helps them tremendously and moves the needle towards the best solution.
  • Asking teens if they need any help is the first step towar...

Don't Instruct Adolescents

Solving any teenager problem is an exercise in futility, with broken hearts, social dramas and academic pressure making them split their heads every day.

Teens share their worries with us because they feel like sharing, and need empathy, not a solution. Reassuring and sincere words that make them feel better can be enough, and any solution offered will most probably backfire.

They may only need a vote of confidence and can easily turn well-intentioned guidance as criticism and lectures.

Teenagers

Teenagers talk to parents about their problems and after being offered solutions and suggestions, dismiss the ideas provided as irritating, irrelevant or both.

Teens and adolescents may just need a venting outlet and will feel better simply by articulating their worries and problems.

Adults can provide them with mental space by listening to them without interrupting, letting them sort, survey and organize their thoughts.

Basic steps to solving any problem

  • Understand the Problem, so you know you're actually focusing on the the real issue at hand.
  • Create a Plan, so you have a series of actionable steps to follow.
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Understand the Problem

Often the most difficult step, because it's easy to focus on the wrong part of the problem, or look at the problem too broadly.

The first thing you need to do is reduce it to its simplest and purest form so you know exactly what you're dealing with. While you're doing this, you need to ask yourself questions to make sure you're focusing on the right things. 

Create a Plan

You need a plan with actionable steps. Ask yourself what's barring you from moving forward and make step one. Step one will open doors to other steps. 

Consider which steps will open more doors, add them to the plan, and keep doing that until you get to your solution. Things will change as you act on the plan and you'll need to adapt, so it's best to keep your plan somewhat open-ended and try to include steps that involve preparing for trouble you can foresee.