We Don’t Have a Patent on Problems


Problems can be interesting instruments.  Many of the greatest businesses, solutions and associations have been birthed after the demise of other businesses, solutions and associations. On the flipside, many of the greatest businesses, solutions and associations have died after the demise other businesses, solutions and associations. Problems are like an electrical socket. If you come in contact with it the wrong way it can hurt, but like an electrical socket, problems can give us power if we use it. The key is to plug in and use it!

Years ago I watched my now nearly five-year-old niece develop, I was amazed at how the process of learning had taken on a tremendously different approach for her. Whether through learning how to walk, how to dance or how to say her name, each time she tried, whether she had difficulty doing it or even failed at her attempt, there was nothing within her that told her not to try again.  Instantly, almost instinctively she would try again.  Even more, when she did fall while trying to run or leave out a few syllables while saying her name we would rally around her telling her how proud of her we were, how she could do it, and we always encouraged her to try again. And like second nature, she tried again, and again, and again. Now she’s a singing, dancing, modeling, actress-in-the-making that’s just waiting on a call from Oprah. She’s also a big sister of a precious little sister that she loves to encourage to “be a big girl like her”.

So let me pose a question.  Why is it the older we get the more problems seem to have a hold on some of us?  It’s like we’ve bought stocks and shares in the “too little, too late” system.  All that we’ve ever done was once never done until someone did it. We just had to do it.  At some point we have to try, and try again allowing problems and failure to be the fuel to our success. The message of the world is that problems are permanent and failure is final. Newsflash, honey…the devil is a lie (or liar, as some say in the grammatically correct form.)

We don’t have the patent on problems, people! Our mistakes are nothing new to the person who’s already made it so we owe it to ourselves to move on.  What we’ve done, didn’t do or need to do over should never, ever define or deter us. They should be fuel to an ever-burning fire that always takes us further. It’s about time we put our problems on our payroll and make them pay off.


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