Problem solving is a critically important business skill. But what’s happening if you’re a problem solver who can’t solve the problem of how to make your business grow?
The value in solving a problem for someone in your market is in the solution, not in the solving.
As problem solvers, you and I, we tell ourselves that we’ll make our money selling the solutions we come up with. And if that’s what’s happening then there’s no problem. You’re probably quite happy with your business.
But if not, you may be falling into the same trap that I’ve fallen into, which is that we love the solving more than we love the solution. In fact, once we have a solution we lose interest and search out new problems to solve.
This reveals a conflicting motivation. We want our businesses to be successful, which requires recognizing and exchanging the value of the solution, but we’re only engaged and motivated to do the solving.
Think of it like a crossword puzzle. You may be totally engaged in the solving of the puzzle, but how much energy do you put into celebrating the solution, appreciating it’s value, and sharing it with others. My guess is, not much. You solve it, lose interest, and move on to the next puzzle.
Just like in your business where you’re always running around solving problems and feeling like you’re not making any progress. But you are, you’re serving your need to always have a problem to solve. When you’re ready to grow your business you may find it’s necessary to step away from being a problem solver, and step into appreciating the value of the solutions.
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