Charles Kettering is an American inventor, engineer and businessman who successfully registered and owned 186 patents. He made that statement because he understood the reward for trouble (problems). No wonder his home was the first in American history to have air-conditioning, according to Wikipedia. He founded his own company, Delco and headed research at General Motors.
[tweetthis]The presence of problems is a sign of progress in disguise #coaching.[/tweetthis]
Problems (or trouble) will strengthen your character, will and doggedness if you do not allow it to break you. Seeing problems as a means of making progress will totally make it easier for you to convert them into business ventures.
So, how do you see problems? If you see them as limitations and turn away from them, you have probably turned down the prospect of becoming one of the greatest people in the history of the world. There are many problems in the world. That shows that there is progress around the corner (for you and for the country you live in) if you can learn to explore problems and solve them. This is the reason for our dicourse today.
A need can arise as a result of a problem just the way a problem can from a need. Bear this in mind as we study this.
It is important to study problems. A problem can easily be solved if it is studied. Someone once said that “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” There is no neutrality. Another reason why problems should be studied is because “problems are the price of progress” as we saw earlier.
[tweetthis]A problem can easily be solved if it is studied. #coaching[/tweetthis]
So, when the problem is well studied, then proffering a solution will no more be a big problem
Problems can become business ventures. Only studying them can make this possible.
It is also important to solve a problem in order to identify the cause of the problem. And we all know that the best way to solve a problem is to handle its cause.
[tweetthis]Problems can become biz ventures. Studying them can make this possible.[/tweetthis]
Problems can become opportunities if one decides to make them so. If you decide to look into every problem you see and study it, you will be able to find one that you can solve someday. What is problem to A may not be a problem to B. So as you study problems in a bid to turn them into opportunities, don’t forget to study them in relation to the people who are involved. Look out for problems that are needs. Those that are needs are easier to turn into opportunities.
When you identify (or discover) a problem (or a need), the first thing you should do is to STUDY it. Give detailed answers to the following questions;
STEP 1: Take out time to move around your community or city with a pen and a notebook. List all the needs you see around, no matter how small they seem. List all the problems.
STEP 2: Get somewhere quiet and ask yourself the questions above. Don’t take a broad view of all the needs. Ask the question for each of the needs/problems. Think thoroughly on the book. Use a fresh page for each need or problem. Do the same thing to the others; no matter how many days it will take you to finish all.
STEP 3: When you are through, look out for the need you have proffered more solutions to. The one you have more solutions to is probably what you should start with. Then ask yourself a next question; “how do I start?” Don’t procrastinate.
STEP 4: Defeat inertia and start immediately. Do at least one thing a day that will lead you to meeting that need. Set goals for yourself.
STEP 5: Get access to the internet and get all the information you need. It is always good to start with smaller needs and then, moving on to bigger ones.
STEP 6: If you can immediately start getting paid for the solutions you have, go ahead and quickly register a business and open an account for it. Don’t stop learning!
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