Einstein once said …
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
What a remarkably rare outlook to have on problems.
While most people run from problems, only the few demonstrate the patience and resourcefulness to embrace them.
To take them on.
To stay with them longer.
To figure them out.
Meanwhile, most people stay with their problems just long enough to argue against their own capabilities, quickly declaring in defeat that they “don’t know how.”
They use “I don’t know how” as a ready-made excuse for everything that doesn’t come easy to them.
But no one ever knew how … until they figured out how.
Pardon me if this comes off a bit flippant …
But in 2021, when there are YouTube videos for everything, “help” video sections showing you step-by-step how to use a product or service, and you have The Google literally at your fingertips, there’s no excuse for not being able to figure out how to do something.
Let’s get back to Einstein. He stayed with the problems longer.
In other words, instead of distracting himself from the problem, he attended to it. He didn’t look away; he looked at it.
And the reason he dared not look away was because, to him, it was a problem worth solving.
For example, if your goal is to start a business that helps hundreds of thousands of people, is “learning the tech part” a problem worth solving?
Knowing that the tech is a vehicle for connecting you with clients and customers, is tech worth figuring out, hiring out, or just complaining about?
You see, staying with a problem often means sitting down for days, weeks, or months and figuring it out.
However, unfortunately the only thing that can get someone to sit down for any length of time is a TV.
Problems don’t figure themselves out. That’s your responsibility. To sit your butt down, learn a new skill, find an alternative solution, or hire someone to do it for you.
If you’re in a holding pattern because you “don’t know how,” ask yourself, is the problem really worth solving? Is it worth trading your time, effort, and sometimes money for? If it’s not, you don’t have a problem. Move on.
But if it is, you know what to do.
Figure that sh*t out.
On today’s QOD episode, Marie Forleo is back to share how she learned one of life’s most important lessons from her mother: that everything is figureoutable.
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