I saw a book on problem-solving in my daily email from BookBub and it struck a familiar note. Many moons ago when I was in college, we covered problem-solving in one of my classes. (And, yes, I actually remember a few things I learned in college!) The first step is identifying the problem. Sounds obvious but in the decades since, I have seen so many examples of people not clearly identifying the problem before they move on to the next step. They then waste loads of time spinning around and around. So, spend all the time you need on step one. Clearly identify the problem. It will save you time in the end.
With some experience starting with identifying the problem, you’ll be so far ahead of others, it will only do good things for your life and career. When I was in my 20’s I had a boss tell me I had creative common sense when he saw how I solved problems. That has stayed with me over the years, and I often see my #1 job as problem-solver.
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