Secret No. 38: How Many Problems Can You Solve?

How many problems can you solve?

How many times have you waste your time worrying about problems that already have been solved by someone else?

Many other people have faced problems similar to the ones that you will run into.

More than likely, they have found solutions to these problems and may be willing to share their solutions with you.

Sometimes, many times, the solution to your problem may be found in another industry.

There are experts on solving problems everywhere:  fathers, mothers, mentors. Your suppliers, your employees and clients. Business “gurus,” trade groups or associations, librarians, the Small Business Administration, your banker, your CPA and industry leaders.

An answer to the problem that you’re facing even could come from the place you would never think about.

For example, I can’t remember where, I once read a story about how the management of a hotel dealt with their customers’ complaints about long waiting times for elevators. One of the hotel chambermaid suggested putting mirrors next to the elevators so that people wouldn’t mind the wait. Now, most hotels use this simple but effective technique.

The point is, when you have a “situation,” you need to be able to get to someone who has faced something like it before. Is in the trenches, everyday.

“There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.”
– Harold Stephen

In most instances, a problem can be solved or fixed merely by mentioning to someone,”I have a problem and I need your help.”

Most people want to be helpful and will help along the way.

You just need to be willing to ask.

What problems are you having?

Are you afraid to ask for help?  Don’t be.

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