It’s not that I am so smart , I stay with problem longer

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It’s not that I am so smart , I stay with problem longer

Category : Business

One of the famous quote by Albert Einstein.
It is a simple statement but one with much power to think about.

There are many ways to address a problem: avoid, deny, accept, complain, blame someone else as the cause, or we can confront it head on and try to solve it. Even in solving the problem, one can just solve it and one can find creative ways to solve it. Anyway, the statement says it all, the longer you stay with the problem, the more chance you will get better solution or greater things out of it.

Everyone has challenges and problems, what we do with them is the test of what we are made of and who we are. Emotional are the first thing you need to handle as soon as problem occurs. But let’s just put emotional factors for a while in this topic.

Let’s talk about business perspective because solving problems is the ultimate goal of doing business.

The central problem in business is that we are too obsessed with problem solving (i.e finding the correct answer) to the exclusion of true creativity and original innovation. Innovation and creativity doesn’t always mean creating entirely new things. It can be solving insignificant problem with way much better solution than others can think of based on the true state of problem itself. Yes. Empathy comes into picture in this point.

Without empathy, you may not have enough patience to stay longer with the problem. Then where does this empathy coming from. It has to come from the real urge to solve the problem itself, not just solving the problem but simulating/feeling the problem, may be sometimes, victim of the problem itself. That’s how deep you need to stay with the problem.

In other words, to simply put, you have to not only know “what” is the problem, but also you must know “how” this problem occurs to “who” specific people in “which” situation by conditions. This will gives you picture on “why” is the problem occurs. Sometimes, most people stop “why” at imaginary/guessing (may be educated guess). Some people stop “why” at research data on analytics. Some stops “why” at experiences and so on.

For me, the best “why” should be coming from you, yourself.

Every time, you think you know the “why” but, we ended up with no absolute answers. That is why there is a thing call “depression”. We think we know why but when we applied it and ended up as failure. We change again with newly found answer to why, but then failed again. Failure is inevitable in testing your real answer to why.

So how. … How do we have the courage to stick to the problem and keep repeating and focusing to find the absolute answers to the problem with regards to the time. Of course, you need to think of time, situation , environment of the problem etc.

Then, another definition comes into my mind, what is your success solution looks like? I believe “Success is a Moving Target”. You need to keep staying focus, staying relevant and staying hunger for better and greater.

Therefore, the more you stay, the better you understand, the more focus you have , the more adaptable you become as the problem mature against time.

With that I want to end this post with Kalama suttta from Buddha, May all your businesses be timelessly successful !!!

• Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing (anussava),
• nor upon tradition (paramparā),
• nor upon rumor (itikirā),
• nor upon what is in a scripture (piṭaka-sampadāna)
• nor upon surmise (takka-hetu),
• nor upon an axiom (naya-hetu),
• nor upon specious reasoning (ākāra-parivitakka),
• nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over (diṭṭhi-nijjhān-akkh-antiyā),
• nor upon another’s seeming ability (bhabba-rūpatāya),
• nor upon the consideration, The monk is our teacher (samaṇo no garū)
• Kalamas, when you yourselves know: “These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,” enter on and abide in them.’

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