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The Gift of Problems

I was sitting at my desk the other day pondering a pesky problem that I've been having. And frankly, it was all I could do to keep from letting negative thinking about it overwhelm me. When I went to check my email, my weekly message from my long-time friend Phil Humbert was in my box. The subject line of his email? The Gift of Problems. How timely and what a great piece that Phil wrote (he puts out some great writing and always has!). I contacted him right away and told him I wanted to share it with you. He graciously gave me permission so here it is in its original and uncut version: "When we're stuck or frustrated, I don't suppose anybody really likes problems. But problems are the source of wealth, fame, power, progress and most of the good things in life. Without problems, I fear we might still be living in caves. Thank goodness for the gift of problems! Do I really mean that? Yes, I do! But do I really feel that way all the time? No. I find it especially hard to appreciate problems when I have one of my own! But the truth is that most of us earn our living by solving other people's problems. In that sense, while I may be frustrated by my own problems, I am extremely thankful that other people have problems I can solve! We had a minor mishap with Mary's car this week. The passenger-side mirror got knocked off, and of course, it has the electric gizmo in it so there was no way I could fix it myself. We had a problem. And since it wasn't scheduled,and I didn't want to be bothered that particular day, it annoyed me. But I noticed the guy at the body shop saw it very differently! Turns out that with his knowledge, experience and tools, he didn't have a problem at all! For him, it was an easy way to make a couple hundred bucks! What a delight! Lucky him.

If you want them to pay you more. and get to work. In an emergency we want a doctor to stop the pain. do I really enjoy problems? Well. worried or challenged by a problem do we rouse ourselves. and in some cases. Your income is always a pretty accurate reflection of the value customers put on the problems you solve for them. So. the mechanic makes money. we even doze off! Without problems we do very little. They teach us things and force us to learn from or collaborate with very smart people. we want our cars fixed. This is easy to understand when the problem is also a crisis. I said. and to learn from people with expertise in areas I can't handle myself. Thank goodness for problems! And as an extra bonus.In a diversified economy. the tech guy makes money. I get a call. Only when we are hungry. . We invent nothing and build little of lasting value. Like most people. to grow rich! Problems give me a chance to meet people with skills I don't have. Thank goodness for problems! The truth is. laying in the sun with no problems of any kind. But when we buy entertainment or furniture for our homes. Sometimes. enrich their lives or have difficulty achieving their most important goals. When my clients want to grow their businesses. frustrated. When I have a problem with my computer. But I do see them as opportunities to learn new skills. that if you want to make more money. these are also problems we pay someone to solve for us. we are unlikely to be motivated. Those problems are obvious. I get frustrated or annoyed by unexpected problems. to grow. or even a book to read on vacation. People pay to have problems solved. rally our resources. MUST) learn to solve more and bigger problems for more people. When we're travelling and need food or lodging for the night. we gladly pay someone to help us out. consider the amazing gifts problems give us. They stretch us. you must find ways to either solve the same problem for more people. They make us creative. free of charge! Problems challenge us. problems make the world go 'round! When I have a problem with my car. to extend my network. they all have problems to be solved. Whether your customer is one person called your "boss" or the thousand people who come to your restaurant every day. you must (yes. Problems (and their solutions) have created the world we enjoy every day. When they break down. Sometimes I think of problems as God's gift to the human race! When we are totally relaxed and comfortable. or learn to solve bigger or more complex problems. not always.

they make us rich!" CULLED FROM THE INTERNET . They teach us skills. Problems make us stronger.I think it was W. "Every problem has within it an even greater opportunity. Examine every problem for the gold that lies within it. Clement Stone who observed that. and over time." I think he was right.

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